Dos Santos wins the men’s 400m hurdles to secure World C’ships gold

(Sports news) Alison Dos Santos ended Karsten Warholm's reign as the 400m hurdles king at the world championships on Tuesday while Jake Wightman won his country's first 1,500-meter gold in 39 years for Great Britain in the 1500m on what was a day of upsets. Warholm may have been behind one of the most iconic moments in Olympic history when went on to smash the 29-year-old world record to win the 400m hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics with a time of 45.94 seconds.

The 26-year-old came to Eugene on the back of a hamstring injury which ultimately led to his downfall as he finished 7th in the final race. Instead, Dos Santos ran the third fastest time of all time and set a new championship record of 46.29 seconds to win gold ahead of Americans Rai Benjamin and Trevor Bassitt. Warholm was leading coming into the home straight but it looked like the injury took a toll on him badly and eventually came in seventh with a time of 48.42, which subsequently broke a winning streak of 22 races, including 18 finals, dating back to September 2018.

"It's pretty awesome to win the world title on this track. I didn't care about the time because this is the first time I won a world title," said Dos Santos.

"It was a very tough race," Warholm said. "I had an injury but to me it's always your fight and giving your all and leaving it all on the track."

"I felt I did that. I hope looking back I'll feel proud of that even though I prefer to take a medal."

Whilst everyone knew that Warholm was coming back from injury, serious hopes were pinned on Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen in the men's 1,500 meters but Wightman had other ideas as he outwitted the Norwegian at his own game by kicking with 200 meters to run and holding his form through to the line. Wightman sealed victory in 3 minutes 29.23 seconds, while  Ingebrigtsen took silver in 3:29.47, with the Spaniard Mohamed Katir claiming bronze (3:29.90) which was a surprise also Following a successful World Championship in 2019 the Norway Olympic gold medalists couldn’t replicate the same at Oregon, Eugene.

In a bizarre twist, Wightman's father Geoff is in Eugene doing the in-stadium commentary Geoff, also his son's coach, was reduced to a cracked voice as he announced to Hayward Field: "That's my son and he's a world champion. For him to be part of my journey to get to this point, and actually part of the actual race itself is so unique. I talked to him and he's very happy. I'm glad he showed some emotion." Wightman said of his father.

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