Karsten Warholm, an Olympic gold medalist from Norway, had no patience with the environmental protesters who disrupted the 400m hurdles race on Sunday at the Diamond League in Sweden.
Warholm won the race on Sunday and then turned to join the booing crowd of protesters. Three people knelt on the track a few meters from the finish line carrying two banners that stretched from lanes one through six. Some runners pushed their way through them and no athlete appeared to be injured.
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Warholm had no banners in his way as he was in lane eight, but seemed distracted when a fourth protester was in lane seven to take pictures of the ordeal. He appeared to be angry with the protesters as they were ushered in by security.
«It is allowed to protest, but this is not the way to do it,» he told Norwegian broadcaster NRK, via Reuters. «It is a lack of respect for those who are here to do a good job.
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«I have to honestly admit that I’m screwed.»
The decorated runner finished in 47.57 seconds in the race. He set a world record at the Tokyo Olympics with a time of 45.94 seconds.
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The 27-year-old is one of the best hurdlers in the world. He has won two gold medals at the World Championships, as well as two gold medals at the European Championships and the European Indoor Championships.
Associated Press contributed to this report.