Samba bringing welcome heat to 400m hurdles - McMaster

By July 04, 2018
Samba has brought much needed attention to the 400m hurdler according to BVI's Kyron McMaster Samba has brought much needed attention to the 400m hurdler according to BVI's Kyron McMaster

Kyron McMaster will on Thursday have another crack at the imperious Abderrahman Samba in the 400m hurdles at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Last time they met in Paris last week Saturday, McMaster ran a new national record and personal best of 47.54s but lost by several metres to Samba of Qatar, who clocked an incredible 46.98s to win his sixth straight win in the Diamond League.

It was only the second time in history that a man has run faster than 47 seconds in the 400m hurdles. The only time that has occurred prior to last week was in 1992 when Kevin Young won Olympic gold in Barcelona in 46.78s, a record that still stands today.

McMaster said Samba is bringing some welcome attention to the event.

“The 400m hurdles has certainly taken a turn. I didn’t expect anybody to be going that fast. Last year I was the only hurdler to go under 48,” McMaster told SportsMax.TV.

“I wasn’t expecting this much heat in it but now that it’s come it has brought more interest in the sport and opens up a lot of options for us because right now Samba is making it a hot event and people are now waiting to see the 400m hurdles.

“It’s actually as competitive as the 100 or 200m on the track right now.”

McMaster, who is coming off a hip flexor injury, will be hoping he can snap Samba’s win streak.

Karsten Warholm, too, will be hoping for a turn of fortune in the hope of bringing to an end Samba’s dominance this season.

Leighton Levy

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