On the track, Team USA won two silver medals on Tuesday, with Brittney Reese finishing second in the women’s long jump final and Rai Benjamin finishing second in a historic men’s 400-meter hurdle race.
Reese, 34, positioned herself early for gold with a solid 6.97-meter jump on her third attempt, which was only surpassed by Germany’s Malaika Mihambo’s final attempt, which yielded an even 7 metres.
The veteran jumper from California won the silver medal on countback after bronze medalist Ese Brume, 25, of Nigeria, also jumped 6.97 metres, but Reese’s second longest jump of 6.95 metres was farther than her 6.90.
It was Reese’s second Olympic silver, which she adds to the gold medal she won in the London Games of 2012. Tokyo was her fourth Olympic Games.
American Tara Davis, 22, finished sixth with a distance of 6.84 meters.
In the men’s 400-meter hurdle, which was held immediately following the women’s long jump, history was made as Noway’s Karsten Warholm, 25, not only broke but shattered the world record he had previously set by three-quarters of a second, fishing with a time of 45.94 seconds.
The field was highly anticipated because it included three of the four fastest 400-meter hurdlers of all time, with some claiming it could go down as the greatest 400-meter hurdle heat ever.
Some believe Warholm has set a record that will never be broken.
Warholm had a strong start to the first barrier, with Benjamin close behind. By the halfway point, the American had begun to challenge and close the gap, but he was unable to pass the Norwegian.
If Warholm had not been present, Benjamin’s time of 46.17 seconds would have been an Olympic and world record.
Alison dos Santos, 21, of Brazil finished third.
In total, the race saw seven of the eight runners break either world, continental or national records.
After crossing the finish line, Warholm tore his suit open as he screamed in celebration.
“We’ll be talking about this race for a very, very long time,” USA Track and Field said on Twitter. “Congratulations to [Rai Benjamin] on his INCREDIBLE Men’s 400m Hurdles and pending American record.”