Norway’s Karsten Warholm set a world record in the seldom-run 300m hurdles as top-level athletics emerged from lockdown at the Impossible Games. Warholm, 24, took 0.7 seconds off the mark set by Britain’s Chris Rawlinson in 2002, clocking 33.78 in Oslo.
Meanwhile, in front of stands partially filled with cardboard cutouts and socially-distanced dancers, Jakob Ingebrigtsen won a 2,000m race. World 1500m champion Timothy Cheruiyot, running in Kenya, was a distant fourth. Their contest was billed as a team event, with Cheruiyot leading a Kenyan quintet that also included his predecessor as world champion Elijah Manangoi. However, as the split-screen video link showed wind and rain lashing the track in high-altitude Nairobi, it was clear Team Ingebrigtsen had a distinct advantage. Jakob, 19, finished in a time of four minutes 50.01 seconds to wipe out Steve Cram’s 1985 European record and was followed home by elder brothers Henrik and Filip in second and third to secure a comprehensive win.