Karsten Warholm won a 400m hurdle race dubbed by second-place Rai Benjamin as the greatest in Olympic history on Tuesday.
The Norwegian obliterated his own world record, running a staggering 45.94 seconds to take gold ahead of his American rival.
Incredibly, Benjamin also smashed the previous world record of 46.70 by more than half a second, but his 46.17 was somehow only good enough for silver.
Even bronze medallist Alison Dos Santos from Brazil wasn’t far off world-record pace with a time of 46.72 – which would’ve been good enough to win most 400m hurdle races in history – but he was miles behind in Tokyo.
Benjamin said: “If you would have told me that I was going to run 46.1 and lose, I would probably beat you up and tell you to get out of my room.
“This was probably the best race ever in Olympic history. I don’t think any other race compares to what we just did.
“It’s undeniable, there’s nothing you can compare to what just happened out there.”
To put Warholm’s 45.94 pace into context, the flat 400m race at last year’s British Championships – that’s without hurdles – was won in 46.66 seconds.
The Norwegian ripped his shirt open and gasped in disbelief after crossing the finish line and admitted it was the greatest moment of his life.
“It’s so crazy, it’s by far the biggest moment of my life,” said the 25-year-old.
“It defines everything, all the hours I put in, everything that my coach has been working for.
“I dream about it like a maniac, I tell you. I sleep all night on it. I spend all my time thinking about this, so just getting this last medal into my collection, it’s complete.
“I can’t sleep. I’ve spent thousands of hours thinking about this.
“I had this special feeling in my chest, you know when you are nervous. I was just thinking this is the feeling that I had when I was six-years-old. I’ve never had that feeling since I got older, but yesterday I had it.”
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