Warholm broke 1992 Olympic champion Young’s record of 46.78 seconds, set four years before the Norwegian was born and was the longest-serving record in men’s athletics.
Two-time world champion Warholm quickly took the lead and never gave up as he roared to the finish line, which he crossed ahead of 2019 Pan Am Games champion Alison dos Santos of over six tenths of a second.
“I knew I had a quick time in my body,” Warholm said. “It might take another world record to win the Olympics.”
This feat capped a string of strong performances in the Diamond League meeting, where two-time Olympic medalist Andre de Grasse won the men’s 200m in 20.09.
“I was happy with that today. There are a few things to work on, but I only arrived a few days ago so my body still needs to adjust after the jet lag,” said the 26-year-old Canadian, who added that he planned to “bring back a few medals” from the Tokyo Olympics.
Ivorian sprinter Marie-Josée Ta Lou set fire to the women’s 100m in 10.91, a solid performance ahead of Tokyo, where she will face a field brimming with talent.
“When you start your season you just hope you don’t get injured, get a good practice and be ready to compete,” said Ta Lou. “There are a lot of great talent but I’m still competing with myself.”
Kenyan Hellen Obiri, silver medalist in Rio, won the 5,000m in 14: 26.38 but made it clear she wanted to improve ahead of the Games, where she planned to compete in the 5,000m and the 10,000 m.
“I have a lot of speed work to do between now and then. I have worked hard on my endurance and now I have to focus on the last 300 meters,” said Obiri, who won her second gold medal. following the world championships in 2019.
In the women’s 400m hurdles, 21-year-old Femke Bol claimed her second straight Diamond League victory with a personal best of 53.33 seconds, extending her own national record for the Netherlands.
In the field events, world champion Kelsey-Lee Barber settled for third place in the javelin with 59.30m, while Germany’s Christin Hussong won with 60.95m.
Sweden’s Armand Duplantis defeated world pole vault champion Sam Kendricks by clearing 6.01 meters.
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