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Karsten Warholm ready to defend 400m hurdles title

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Karsten Warholm ready to defend 400m hurdles title
Karsten Warholm ready to defend 400m hurdles title

The reigning men's 400m hurdles world champion eyes Doha win in competitive event that could threaten a world record that has stood for 27 years.

SHOWS: DOHA, QATAR (SEPTEMBER 26, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) 400M HURDLER KARSTEN WARHOLM SAYING: "I have not been thinking so much about the time that it takes to win but I know there are very good opponents, and it is probably going to take a very good time to win, but at the same time it is three rounds and everything can happen.

Everyone is talking about the 400m hurdles as the event now but at the same time, people always talk so much about these things and the world record and everything it suddenly becomes like an anti-climax, but it is going to be exciting to see.

So time will show I think." 2.

WHITE FLASH 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) 400M HURDLER KARSTEN WARHOLM SAYING ON BEATING RAI BENJAMIN AT DIAMOND LEAGUE: "I got that question some days ago and the first thing I thought was yes, but you never know how things affect people you know.

It can be that he really wants to beat me now and he is even stronger towards that feeling and it makes him even better, but on the other hand it can crush his morale it depends very much on what type of person he is.

That can strike both ways, if he gets stronger off it, I probably should have lost the Diamond League finals just to sacrifice for the World Championships, but we'll see on Monday." STORY: Norway's Karsten Warholm is hoping his rivalry with Rai Benjamin will live up to its billing and the 400m hurdles final is the race to watch at the World Athletics Championships.

The 23-year-old lays claim to the second fastest time in history, and will start favourite for gold in the Qatari capital of Doha.

But a coronation is by no means guaranteed, as American Rai Benjamin finished just a tenth of a second adrift when Warholm set a time of 46.92 in Brussels this year at the Diamond League final.

It was second only to Kevin Young's world record of 46.78 seconds set back in 1992, and Warholm said at a media event in Doha on Thursday (September 26) that he is hoping it has landed a mental blow as he looks to defend the title he won in London in 2017.