‘Greatest ever’: World stunned by 'mind-boggling' feat at Olympics

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Karsten Warholm (pictured right) in shock after he broke his own 400m hurdles world record and (pictured left) running at the Tokyo Olympics.
Karsten Warholm (pictured right) broke his own 400m hurdles world record after an incredible race (pictured left) at the Tokyo Olympics. (Getty Images)

Norway's Karsten Warholm has obliterated his own 400m hurdles record with a blistering run in one of the greatest ever races in Olympic history.

While the world record was predicted for Warholm, not many expected the 25-year-old to become the first man to run under the 46 second mark.

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Last month, Warholm broke Kevin Young's 29-year world mark with a time of 46.70 seconds but this time he blew his own record away with an astonishing 45.94 run.

Warholm held off American Rai Benjamin, who pushed him all the way to take silver in 46.17, also half a second inside the old record.

Brazilian Alison dos Santos got in on the act as well as he took bronze in 46.72, also inside Young's previous best.

Warholm went wild after the record-breaking run and ripped his outfit in celebration.

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Warholm's achievement needs to be put into perspective to be truly appreciated.

The Norwegian runner recorded a time faster than 23 Olympic sprinters in Tokyo over the same distance, despite the 25-year-old jumping hurdles.

Benjamin and dos Santos also achieved incredible feats.

Norway's Karsten Warholm (L) reacts as he wins and breaks the world record ahead of second-placed  USA's Rai Benjamin (R) in the men's 400m hurdles final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Norway's Karsten Warholm (L) reacts as he wins and breaks the world record ahead of second-placed USA's Rai Benjamin (R) in the men's 400m hurdles final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images)

The American ran the second fastest time in history - breaking Warholm's record he set last month - but it wasn't enough on the day.

Dos Santos also ran the fourth fastest time in history, but wasn't enough on a day with Warholm and Benjamin in front of him.

The thrilling final prompted many to declare the race as the 'greatest ever' at an Olympics.

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