In 2021 Karsten Warholm grew to become Olympic champion within the 400 meters hurdles in Tokyo, beating the world document within the last (45s94). The 26-year-old Norwegian, who was injured on June 5 throughout a gathering in Rabat (Morocco), will however attempt to defend his world title in Eugene in opposition to the play-offs, that are scheduled for Saturday 16 July. “I really feel like I have never completed every part I might do but”he assured in an interview with Worldmade a number of days earlier than this harm.
Your yr 2021 was unimaginable with an Olympic title and two world information. How did you digest it?
The whole lot I ever needed has come true. It is rather a lot to digest, but it surely’s additionally incredible. I solely took per week off. Excessive-level sport works like this: working to remain on the highest stage. 2021 might be a career-defining yr.
If you happen to’ve received every part at 26, how do you increase your motivation once more?
I am nonetheless younger. There are nonetheless a few years during which I can carry out nicely. On the similar time, I’ve already achieved all attainable objectives. So my present motivation might be extra much like what I had after I began enjoying this sport. I need to see how good I could be and I really feel like I have never completed every part I might but.
In 2017 you’ll be world champion in London for the primary time with the slowest time in historical past (48 s 35). 4 years later you go underneath 46 seconds. Inform us about this progress.
Win the gold medal in London was a sport changer in my life and profession. I understood that nice issues have been accessible to me. I bear in mind after my win a Norwegian newspaper identified that it was a gradual time. Then I went to work, work and work. I needed to relive that second. Then got here very robust opponents. We pulled one another up. You must also know that I hadn’t completed 400m hurdles earlier than 2016 as a result of I used to be a decathlete. So in 2017 I used to be very new to this self-discipline.
Beating your American rival Rai Benjamin in Eugene, on Nike land, could be one thing robust for an athlete sponsored by Puma…
That is proper, it is a Nike World Championship. We have now developed good tools with Puma. I feel it can scare lots of people. It is important for me to attempt to at all times be able the place I can win. If I do not, it is a lack of respect for my opponents. It will not be straightforward for them and it most likely will not be straightforward for me both.
There may be additionally Brazilian Alison dos Santos, who ran the quickest this season. Did this competitors play a task in your exploits?
It is a blessing. I’m grateful. Ray [Benjamin] pushed me to a greater time. Whereas there may be rivalry, there may be additionally numerous respect. I hope everybody is happy to observe the 400m hurdles in Eugene as a result of it’ll be one thing!
You stated you do not have to run rather a lot to run quick. Is that this nonetheless a method you’ll be utilizing this yr?
With expertise we study to decide on these moments. I am the kind of man who likes to run when he is feeling match. This yr every part might be performed on the championships, first world after which European [à Munich, en août].
You come from a small island in the midst of a fjord 500 kilometers from Oslo. Norwegian footballer Ada Hegerberg talks concerning the affect of her atmosphere on her character and her success. And also you?
Ada is a superb woman. You develop up in tough circumstances within the fjords. It is chilly, it is raining, it is windy. However we study to be artistic from an early age. There are lots of issues which have made me stronger. Lots of my opponents grew up with the solar and at all times had good climate to coach with. However I’ve discovered different methods. It is considered one of my secrets and techniques. It is a mentality that takes me additional. I run a bit with an perspective that comes from the tough local weather I grew up in [sourire].
In an interview on The crewFormer European document holder within the 400m hurdles Stéphane Diagana likened you to a sled canine who cannot stand not getting any train. Does this enchantment to you?
Stefan is true. I am most likely not the quickest man, however I am most likely the one who can deal with essentially the most coaching.
You outline your working model as non-academic and extra about effectivity than approach. Your coach taught you to focus in your strengths. Is that this considered one of your secrets and techniques?
leif [Olav Alnes] is excellent for that. Coaching underneath him has been a blessing as a result of he is aware of what to do. He retains telling me do not focus an excessive amount of on all of the stuff you’re unhealthy at as a result of it is the stuff you’re good at that can win your races. In fact we additionally work on my weaknesses and attempt to enhance them, however not on the expense of the strengths.
How do you are feeling when you will have entered the historical past of athletics like Bob Beamon or Sergei Bubka?
It’s an honor to be within the firm of those guys. They’d a big impact on the game and individuals are nonetheless speaking about their information and what they completed. I hope folks will proceed to understand what I’ve completed for years to come back. I need to do my finest to maintain writing my title within the annals.
Is it harder for a Norwegian athlete to progeny than for an American athlete?
Sure and no. Clearly, Norway is a small nation and there are benefits to coming from an even bigger nation. No matter sport you do, I feel you’re at all times extra well-known in your personal nation. However in Norway we get numerous consideration as athletes. In the meanwhile, athletics might be one of many largest sports activities in Norway. It makes it simpler for me to seek out sponsors.
For the reason that retirement of Usain Bolt (world document holder within the 100 and 200 m), and regardless of information like yours or Armand Duplantis (pole vault document holder), no athlete has emerged as a celebrity. Is it unfair?
Curiosity is one thing very fascinating. You possibly can’t power folks to be excited about one thing. Athletics is a superb sport: you may throw, you may leap, you may run. The dearth of curiosity is neither honest nor unfair, but it surely requires work to vary issues sooner or later.