Top 10 Men's 400m hurdles in history

Karsten Warholm stunned the world with the first ever sub-46 second 400m hurdles in the Tokyo 2020 final. See who else is on the list.

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Karsten Warholm smashed his own world record in the greatest men’s 400m hurdles race in history at Tokyo 2020 on Tuesday (3 August).

The Norwegian became the first man to break 46 seconds with 45.94, smashing his own world record set just over a month ago on home soil in Oslo, with runner-up Rai Benjamin also well inside Warholm's previous best of 46.70.

Brazil’s Alison dos Santos was just two-hundredths outside Warholm’s previous world record in third place in a simply staggering contest.

The all-time top 10 list for the men’s 400m hurdles is now missing the man synonymous with the event, double Olympic champion Ed Moses.

The American, who won 122 consecutive races between 1977 and 1987 and set his last of four world records (47.02) in 1983, is now joint 11th with the top 10 times all under 47 seconds.

Fastest men's 400m hurdles of all-time:

1. 45.94 Karsten Warholm (NOR) 3 August 2021, Tokyo (JPN)

2. 46.17 Rai Benjamin (USA) 3 August 2021, Tokyo (JPN)

3. 46.70 Karsten Warholm (NOR) 1 July 2021, Oslo (NOR)

4. 46.72 Alison dos Santos (BRA) 3 August 2021, Tokyo (JPN)

5. 46.78 Kevin Young (USA), 6 August 1992, Barcelona (ESP)

6. 46.83 Rai Benjamin (USA) 26 June 2021, Eugene (USA)

7. 46.87 Karsten Warholm (NOR) 23 August 2020, Stockholm (SWE)

8. 46.92 Karsten Warholm (NOR) 29 August 2019, Zurich (SUI)

9. 46.98 Abderrahman Samba (QAT) 30 June 2018, Paris (FRA)

9. 46.98 Rai Benjamin (USA) 29 August 2019, Zurich (SUI)


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