Warholm to open at Bislett Games.
OSLO (NOR): Olympic winner and WR holder Karsten Warholm will open the season at the Bislett Games Diamond League on May 30. Informs NRK.  “I am thinking of participating in the European Championships and Bislett Games before the Olympics, so there will be some competitions before Paris,” he was saying to NRK. “It will be a slightly more conservative season in terms of how we select the competitions we will participate in. Everything is about doing the best possible in Paris,” says the 27-year-old.

Karston Warholm, Wanda Diamond League Athletics Meeting
Herculis EBS
July 21, 2023, Monaco, photo by Kevin Morris

At the same time, Warholm does not rule out competing in the World Indoor Championships at the beginning of March in Glasgow.  “You always play with the idea. At the same time, I will be strict that it means nothing in the big picture. In that case, it will only be because I think it fits well, and it feels fun right now and then. I’m qualified, but there won’t be many competitions.”

Karsten Warholm, photo by Matthew Quine/Diamond League AG

RunBlogRun opines: Karsten Warholm is the world record holder at the 400m intermediate hurdles. On July 1, 2021, Karsten Warhlom broke the world record of Kevin Young, from Barcelona 1992, with his 46.70 at the Bislett Stadium in Oslo, Norway.

Karsten Warholm won the postponed Olympic Games in 2021 with an astounding WR of 45.94 in a titanic battle with Rai Benjamin of the U.S., who ran a new AR of 46.17. 

Karsten Warholm, London 2017, with Jonathan Edwards, BBC, photo by Martin Bateman

2022 was a tough year for Karsten. He injured himself at the beginning of June at the Rabat DL. He was able to race at the World Champs in Eugene in 2022, taking 7th in the final in 48.42. One month later, at the 2022 European Athletics Outdoor Championships, Karsten came back and won in 47.12 Championship record. 

Karsten Warholm is one of the most popular athletes in Europe and Norway. Always a fantastic interview, Karsten computes with vigor and enthusiasm. His fearless racing has captured the global fans of track and field. 

Karsten Warholm runs 45.94WR, and Rai Benjamin goes 46.12 AR, Tokyo 2021 Olympics, photo via TV by StarGazerPix/KathyCamara via Peacock

Karsten Warholm started 2023 in great shape, taking the European Indoor Champs 400m title in an astoundingly close race in 45.35. In the World Champs, Karsten Warholm took the WC, his third title (2017, 2019), in a championship record of 46.39. He ended the season behind Rai Benjamin, at the 2023 Pre Classic, which was the Diamond League final, with Rai at 46.39 CR and Karsten at 46.53! 

The Road to Paris begins!  

Karsten Warholm, Wanda Diamond League Athletics Meeting
Herculis EBS
July 21, 2023, Monaco, photo by Kevin Morris