None other than the athletics legend Edwin Moses (67) from the USA has announced his arrival to Karsten Warholm®® Invitational (KWI). The American comes to Ulsteinvik in connection with a documentary film production.
Edwin Moses dominated the 400m hurdles in the 1970s and 1980s and was unbeaten at the distance in 122 races from 1977 to 1987. He also held the 400m hurdles world record of 47.02 until it was broken by Kevin Young at the Olympics in 1992. Now it is the 26-year-old from Ulsteinvik who holds the record, set at 45.94 from the Tokyo Olympics.
Edwin Moses has two Olympic golds, from Montreal in 1976 and Los Angeles in 1984. He became world champion in Helsinki in 1983 and in Rome in 1987.
The German production company BROADVIEW TV is behind the Edwin Moses production, which is about Edwin Moses' life and career. A production team will accompany Moses in Ulsteinvik, as well as create content for the production together with Karsten Warholm. The producer is the German Emmy Award winner Leopold Hoesch.
The documentary will be shown in cinemas in the US and Europe at the end of 2023.
World record holder and Olympic winner Karsten Warholm is looking forward to a visit in connection with his own event.
- We are very much looking forward to this visit. Getting a visit from the legend Edwin Moses is great. I have met him before, but it is of course very special and nice to be visited by Edwin Moses at home in Ulsteinvik, says Karsten Warholm.
- There is great respect for the sporting achievements of Edwin Moses. He was the unbeatable in the 400 meter hurdles for a number of years. It's not just any star that comes to Ulsteinvik, says Karsten Warholm.
Karsten Warholm's manager and mother, Kristine Haddal, is project manager for the convention. She is looking forward to a great visit from the USA.
- It was very nice to receive the request from Edwin Moses and his team. We were of course very positive to be able to make arrangements so that Karsten can contribute to the documentary. When the setting for the interview takes place here in Ulsteinvik, we think it was spot on. Here there are opportunities for many great film clips for the documentary film, says Kristine Haddal.
There will be many stars during this year's edition of Karsten Warholm®® Invitational (KWI) which will be held on Thursday 2 February.
Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah comes to run 60 metres. She has five Olympic gold medals to her credit. With Karsten Warholm himself, there will then be two Olympic champions to watch on the starting line during this year's KWI. Warholm will run 400 meters without hurdles at home.
Ukrainian high jumper Yaroslava Mahuchikh, with 2.06 as a personal best indoors, will also be there. Last winter she became indoor world champion. She has two WC silver medals for seniors outdoors as well as bronze from the Olympics in Tokyo. Among others, Bob Bertemes (29) from Luxemburg is standing in cool. He has a personal best of 22.22. Norwegian Marcus Thomsen, with a press of 21.09, will test himself against Bertemes and others in Ulsteinvik. Other Norwegian tops also participate.
Several former top athletes in the world's top will also visit Ulsteinvik in connection with the convention. Among them are Wilson Kipketer and Colin Jackson. Britain's Colin Jackson won silver in the 110m hurdles at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and has two outdoor WC golds, while Denmark's Wilson Kipketer has three outdoor 800m WC golds and a silver medal from the 2000 Olympics. The Dane also set a world record in the 800 meters in 1997.
In the men's class, 200 m, 400 m, 800 m, 1500 m, long and shot put are on the schedule for this year's KWI. The women have the following selection of exercises: 60 m, 200 m, 400 m, 800 m, 1500 m, long jump and high jump.
NRK1 broadcasts live between 20:00 and 21:00 on the evening of the convention on Thursday 2 February.