400m hurdles specialist Rai Benjamin faces shock loss to Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist in Doha Diamond League

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Sports are often unpredictable and when it comes to athletics, the margin for error is slim. As American 400m hurdles specialist Rai Benjamin reached the Doha Diamond League for the season, a surprise awaited him. However, it wasn’t the kind of surprise he would have anticipated or even wished for.

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EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 26: Rai Benjamin celebrates after the men’s 400 meter hurdles final on day nine of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 26, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

After winning the silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics, Rai Benjamin was the big favorite in the Doha Diamond League. In fact, the American hurdler holds the record for being the second fastest athlete in 400m hurdles history. Although this time he cannot live up to his standards.

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In the Doha Diamond League’s biggest upset, Olympic silver medalist Rai Benjamin lost the 400m hurdles to Olympic bronze medalist Alison dos Santos. Before their meeting today, the Brazilian was trailing Benjamin with the score at 0-4. However, this time he easily managed to turn the records in his favor.

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Alison dos Santos finished with the world leader in 47.24 seconds on the clock, while Rai Benjamin could only manage a second place finish with 47.49 seconds on the clock.

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