Eugene (Dagbladet): Carsten Warholm confirmed on Wednesday that he will compete in the WC.
The 26-year-old struggled with an injury he picked up early in the season in Morocco, but now the Olympic and World Cup champion feels his body is so good that he can fight for gold.
But the drama is far from over for Warholm and the rest of the Norwegian band. The next few days are all about remaining injury-free for the world record holder in the 400m hurdles, and above all, he must avoid contracting the virus.
There he took additional action.
In fact, the entire Norwegian team had to live together on the campus of the University of Oregon – a stone’s throw from Hayward Field for the World Cup.
It’s quite a classic college campus, as taken from scenes from the films Road Trip or American Pie: there is no air conditioning, many rooms are communal and many bathrooms and toilets are shared.
But before the World Cup, Warholm’s patron, and several of the company’s other stars, gave him the opportunity to stay at a nearby hotel.
This is an additional measure, among other things, to protect against the coronavirus infection that is plaguing the United States.
“There’s no drama in it, but Puma had some hotel rooms which I thought we could use,” Warholm explains to Dagbladet.
– When did you make the decision?
– I don’t quite remember.
– Is it now last week because of covid or in advance?
– nations. That was enough before the viral stuff was introduced to us and we took it, says Warholm, but it’s not a worse idea as it is now.
He also points out that the chance to sleep with his coach Liv Olaf Alnes was an important part of the reason:
– I’ve always shared a room with Liv (Olav Annes, Warholm’s coach) in competitions, and inside the camp I couldn’t do that. Separation anxiety prevailed, and now we use these hotel rooms. It’s 50 meters from where we would otherwise live, and we’d be in the camp like everyone else.
Norway has already been hit hard by the coronavirus infection. Last week, four were injured in Brigamp’s support system, and yesterday a bullet-heavy message came out that Hedda Hynne is also injured.
Norwegian athletics doctor Ove Talsnes is waiting for an important job in the next few days. So far, 14 athletes have arrived. The latter will be making the trip soon.
Everyone other than Karsten will live on campus. I’m totally fine with that. It would have been better if they could split more, but that’s totally impossible. We were given rooms via the regulator, and there are no other rooms to find, he explains to Dagbladet.
The doctor has a great fear during the World Cup:
– All Norwegian practitioners on campus have tested negative so things will remain fine until the infection eventually enters the camp. Then it’s a big challenge.
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