Usain Bolt congratulates Norway’s Karsten Warholm on Olympic gold: “Welcome to the club”

Karsten Warholm - goldPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB

Karsten Warholm’s sensational world record at 400-meter hurdles in the Tokyo Olympics has attracted global recognition. On Wednesday, Warholm received a message from Usain Bolt.

Warholm met the media on Wednesday together with coach Leif Ove Alnes. 

“Not much happened yesterday. We came back quite late. But those are the nice things about these moments. You take it easy and let it sink in,” Warholm said about his experience in the last couple of hours.

In the last 24 hours, the time of 45.94 – Warholm’s new record – has become well known worldwide. 

NRK showed Warholm a video greeting from Usain Bolt, one of athletics’ greats. 

“Welcome to the club,” Bolt said in the video message.

“That’s crazy cool. In my opinion, (he’s) the greatest athlete ever,” Warholm said.

Team effort

Warholm was asked how much the team he had around meant to him and whether it would have been possible to do it without them.

“I think that it would have been 100% impossible. I am very convinced that it is a team effort. There is a lot of pride and heart behind all the time we put in.”

And by “we,” Warholm referred coach Alnes, Amalie Iuel, and Elisabeth Slettum.

Iuel sat on the sidelines and followed the entire press session on Wednesday.

“What you saw on the field yesterday is a result of everything we put into our daily lives over many years.” 

On Tuesday, Warholm became the seventh Norwegian competitor with an Olympic gold medal in athletics.

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