College sensation Norman breaks indoor 400m world record

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College student Michael Norman has broken the indoor 400m world record.

The 20-year-old clocked 44.52 seconds to take the NCAA Indoor Championships in Texas.

Amazingly, this was only the third indoor 400m race of his career.

Who is Michael Norman?

While still at high school, Norman finished fifth at the 200m US Olympic Trials ahead of Rio 2016.

That was after beating Olympic champion Justin Gatlin in the semi-finals.

Two weeks later, Norman claimed the World U20 200m title in Poland in a championship record of 20.17 seconds.

A year earlier, aged 17, he had led Vista Murrieta High School to their first ever California State Team championship.

That day, he won both the 200m and 400m as well as breaking 45 seconds in his leg in the 4x400m relay.

Norman is currently in his second year at the University of Southern California (USC).

Norman’s new mark

The 400m final at the NCAA Indoors was split into two races.

No fewer than five of the eight men were inside the winning time at last week’s World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, UK.

Norman ran the first lap in a blistering 21.33 seconds.

He came home in 23.19 for a world record of 44.52.

The previous best of 44.57 seconds was set in 2005 by Kerron Clement, also at the NCAA Indoors.

Norman was later involved in the quickest 4x400m relay in history.

He and his USC team-mates won in 3:00.77 seconds, a full second faster than Poland’s mark set at the World Indoors.

But it will not count as a world record as Rai Benjamin, runner of the second leg, is from Antigua and Barbuda.

The top three teams all eclipsed Poland’s old record.

Runners-up Texas A&M, with an all-American line-up, clocked 3:01.39 and are the new record holders.

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Author: Stephen Hannon
Stephen Hannon is the Head of News at Olympic Channel, the digital platform launched by the IOC.