- Rai Benjamin’s reaction to his family watching his race back home made for a special moment.
- Benjamin took home silver in the men’s 400-meter hurdle.
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United States hurdler Rai Benjamin earned the silver medal in the men’s 400-meter hurdles which turned out to be one of the most incredible races in Olympic history.
Despite finishing runner-up in the race, Benjamin still broke the world record posting a time of 46.17 seconds. Norway’s Karsten Warholm not only broke the world record in his win, but also shattered the Olympic record posting an astonishing time of 45.94 seconds.
The ending of the race was pure insanity. Benjamin stuck with Warholm through the final two hurdles, it even looked like he was going to overtake him, but Warholm pulled away during the final stretch to claim gold.
Norway's Karsten Warholm breaks his OWN world record to win gold in the men's 400m hurdles and @TeamUSA's Rai Benjamin wins the silver. #TokyoOlympics
📱 NBC Sports App pic.twitter.com/lPSNrv2Qoo
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 3, 2021
After the race, the moment sunk in for Benjamin while reacting to a replay of his family watching the race back home. The 24-year-old began to cry before looking into the camera to tell his mom that he loved her. Benjamin also apologized in what was a gutwrenching interview.
Rai Benjamin watching his family watch his race. 🤧#FightOn pic.twitter.com/BGWQOuyChB
— Andrew R (@kidcue) August 3, 2021
Benjamin has absolutely nothing to apologize for, of course. He went out and broke a world record, but it was also Warholm’s day to break records as well.
His silver medal in Tokyo was his first Olympic medal. Benjamin took home a gold medal in the 4×400 meter relay at the 2019 World Championships as well as a silver medal in the 400-meter hurdles.