American Kerron Clement's long wait for Olympic gold is over as he won the title in Rio with Kenya's Boniface Tumuti claiming an impressive silver medal.
An Olympic 400m hurdles title was the only thing missing from his CV heading into the 2016 Games, but Clement at long last tasted success in the event on Thursday.
This ladies and gentlemen is a lesson in patience and perseverance! How long has Clement been in the game?? Incredible moment. #Rio2016
— Kareem Streete-Thomp (@kaystreete) August 18, 2016
He was helped by the fact that his main rival Javier Culson from Puerto Rico was disqualified after a false start.
Yet Clement didn't have it all his own way once the gun went off, despite setting off pretty quickly.
He found himself in the lead heading into the home straight, but Tumuti caught up with him as they cleared the final hurdle.
It was neck and neck for the final few metres, but the American held on to win in a season's best of 47.73s while Tumuti claimed silver in a time of 47.78 with Yasmani Copello from Turkey third.
What a 400m hurdles final! Four athletes break the 48-second mark.
— European Athletics (@EuroAthletics) August 18, 2016