Karsten Warholm’s gold medal didn’t ease his anger.
The 25-year-old males’s 400m hurdle champion expressed frustration that his rival, silver medalist Rai Benjamin, “had these issues in his sneakers, which I hate,” permitting him to run “on air.”
“These issues” are an modern thick slab of Pebax foam in dash spikes, dubbed the “tremendous spike” operating shoe present in Nike’s Air Zoom Victory and Dragonfly fashions.
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“I don’t see why it’s best to put something beneath a sprinting shoe,” Warholm stated. “In center distance I can perceive it due to the cushioning. If you’d like cushioning, you may put a mattress there. However when you put a trampoline I feel it’s bulls–t, and I feel it takes credibility away from our sport.”
In what many are calling the most effective race ever, Warholm (Norway) and Benjamin (United States) broke the world file, which had stood for 29 years previous to Warholm breaking it final month in Oslo.
Benjamin himself declared it the “finest race in Olympic historical past.”
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Warholm – who ran a forty five.94 Monday earlier than letting out a celebratory scream, ripping his uniform in half and dropping to his knees in astonishment – works with Puma and the Mercedes F1 workforce to create his personal spikes, which function an higher carbon plate within the soul and weigh solely 135 grams. However they aren’t the identical because the “tremendous spike,” in line with Warholm.
“Sure, we now have the carbon plate,” Warholm stated. “However we now have tried to make it as skinny as doable. As a result of that’s the means I wish to do it. After all know-how will all the time be there. However I additionally wish to hold it right down to a stage the place we will evaluate outcomes as a result of that’s essential.
“I’ve all the time stated that the right race doesn’t exist. However that is the closest I feel I’ve come to an ideal race.”
Benjamin gave credit score to the observe – not his sneakers – when discussing his second-place efficiency.
“It’s an excellent observe. It’s tender, it has a number of give,” he stated. “it’s an exceptional observe. Individuals say it’s the observe, the sneakers, and the situations have been actually good.
“However I might put on completely different sneakers and nonetheless run quick. Nobody will do what we simply did, I don’t care who you’re. May very well be Kevin Younger, Edwin Moses, respect to these guys, however they can not run what we simply ran simply now. It’s a extremely quick observe, it felt good, the situations have been actually good.”