This was RunBlogRun’s interview with Alison Dos Santos, the 400-meter hurdle gold medalist. Alison Dos Santos ran his race and gave Brazil their first gold medal over the 400-meter hurdles!
Alison Dos Santos had taken the Olympic bronze medal in 2021 in Tokyo. In Eugene, Alison, who had the fastest time of the year with his 46.80 in Stockholm, blasted the first 200 meters and came off the turn in the lead, taking the gold in 46.29, a new championship record.
Rai Benjamin had taken the silver in Doha 2019, after a scary month where he had been injured. In Tokyo 2020, Rai Benjamin battled Karsten Warholm down the stretch and lost to Warholm as the Norwegian ran 45.94 WR, and Benjamin ran 46.17 AR. Alison Dos Santos ran 46.72 for the bronze.
What a difference a year makes. Karsten Warholm was injured on June 5, 2022, in Rabat, Morocco. Warholm finished seventh in this 2022 WC final.
Alison Dos Santos of Brazil ran 46.29 for the win. Rai Benjamin, US took the silver in 46.89, his seasonal best, and Trevor Bassitt, U.S., took the bronze in 47.39, a PB.
The following interview was done by Larry Eder with Alison Dos Santos, courtesy of adidas. We thank Spencer Nel for his support of this interview. Alison was wonderful, and his English has improved immensely.
Alison worked hard on his English in the past few years. He is such a likable guy, and I think that comes across as well!
It is a fun interview. Please enjoy!