On Tuesday, Brazilian Alison dos Santos won the 400-meter hurdles in a lightning-quick 46.29 seconds, depriving record-holder Karsten Warholm of a third straight World Championship victory.
The Norwegian Olympic champion Warholm and his American competitor Rai Benjamin had been the main focus of the buildup to the final, but the Tokyo bronze medalist had the win sewn up down the last straight, clinching it in a championship record, with Benjamin claiming the silver.
In 2021, Warholm twice beat the world record, but after tearing his hamstring in June and going 10 months without finishing a race, he entered Eugene, Oregon, with doubts hanging over him.
Up until the last turn, he seemed to still be in the running for the podium, but he struggled in the closing stages of the race to place seventh.
As the medal results were displayed on the big screen, Benjamin tackled his fellow American, Trevor Bassitt, who had won the bronze.
After placing third in Tokyo, Dos Santos told reporters this week that he had recommitted to honing his art, a commitment that had obviously paid off.