Norway’s Karsten Warholm named World Athlete of the Year

Karsten WarholmPhoto: Lise Åserud / NTB

Norway’s Karsten Warholm has been named the athlete of the year by the International Athletics Federation (WA). He is the first-ever Norwegian to receive the award.

The prize was awarded at the International Athletics Federation’s (WA) prize gala on Wednesday night. Warholm won the men’s prize in fierce competition with Ryan Crouser (USA), Armand Duplantis (Sweden), Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya), and Joshua Cheptegei (Uganda).

The Swede Duplantis won the prize last year, while Yulimar Rojas from Venezuela became the female athlete of the year. No Norwegian athlete has received the award before.

Warholm has an incredibly successful season behind him, and he impressed audiences worldwide with his Tokyo Olympics triumph in August. The Norwegian set his second world record in just over a month and rushed to gold in the 400-meter hurdles with a sensational 45.94.

WA has described the 400-meter hurdles as the discipline with the sharpest competition in athletics in the 2021 season. 

Earlier this year, Warholm was also named Athlete of the Year in Europe.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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