Tokyo previews – Men’s 400m Hurdles

Karsten Warholm’s Olympic procession? It could be but there’s plenty more capable of nabbing the gold. Here’s our men’s 400m Hurdles preview for the Tokyo Olympics.


Friday 30 July 02:55 UK Time (Heats) Sunday 1 August 13:05 UK Time (Semifinals) Tuesday 3 August 04:20 UK Time (Final)

2021 Fastest Times

2021 RankingsTime AthleteCountry
146.7Karsten WarholmNorway
246.83Rai BenjaminUSA
347.34Alison Dos SantosBrazil
447.5Kyron McMasterBritish Virgin Islands
547.85Sean BurrellUSA
648.08Kenneth SelmonUSA
748.18Jaheel HydeJamaica
848.19Yasmani CopelloTurkey
948.26Abderrahman SambaQatar
1048.38David KendzieraUSA

British interest

No entrants from GB & NI

The favourites

Karsten Warholm may be the world record holder, world champion and hot favourite for Olympic gold but Rai Benjamin will push him all the way and is the third fastest of all time. Benjamin hasn’t lost over hurdles this year and this is one of the match ups of the whole meet. It will be fascinating should both get to the final intact.

Brazil’s Alison Dos Santos has installed himself as a clear contender and has broken the South American record this season. Aged only 21 there’s likely to be room for improvement.

Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba has run under 47 seconds before and whilst not in that form this year he is returning from injury. If he can get it together for Tokyo he could run himself into a medal. Kyron McMaster will hope to improve on his Doha 4th place and win the British Virgin Islands first ever Olympic medal and Yasmani Copello will hope to add to his Rio 2016 bronze.

Our medal predictions

  1. Karsten Warholm
  2. Rai Benjamin
  3. Alison Dos Santos


WR: 46.70 Karsten Warholm (2021)

OR: 46.78 Kevin Young (1992 Barcelona)

Featured image “DOH10094 warholm reeksen 400H” by babbo1957 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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