Karsten Warholm will enjoy a rare race on the flat with no barriers in his way in the 400m at the Athletissima meeting that will be held on Thursday (Aug 26) in Lausanne Switzerland.
Warholm will be targeting to attack the Thomas Schönlebe’s long-standing European record of 44.33 which was set when the East German won the 1987 world title in Rome ahead of Innocent Egbunike of Nigeria and Butch Reynolds of the United States.
This record has stood for 34 years. Warholm’s personal best is 44.87 which date back to 2017. However the 25-year-old Norwegian took down Kevin Young’s long-standing world 400m hurdles record earlier in Oslo this summer and then annihilated his own mark with a further improvement to 45.94 in the Olympic final in Tokyo this month.
What’s more, Warholm equalled Schönlebe’s European indoor 400m record of 45.05 in Glasgow in 2019. He will face stiff battle as he will face the 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Isaac Makwala.
Makwala hold personal best time of 43.72 that he got on 5th July 2015 in La Chaux-de Fonds. He is also an African continental record holder and this ranks him number 8 on the all-time list, the second fastest non-American. With this in mind it will be a hard nut to crack for Warlhom which makes this battle a must watch.