Björgvin Víkingsson, a 25-year-old runner, set a new Icelandic record in 400 meter hurdles in Germany. His time was 51.7 seconds, which is 0.21 seconds faster than the old record, set before Víkingson was born. The 400-meter hurdles record was one of the oldest Icelandic records in Icelandic athletics, Morgunbladid reports. Víkingsson’s time, however, is still far from Olympic standards.
Seven Icelandic athletes have already qualified for the Olympics in Beijing this summer: two in athletics, three swimmers and one in badminton. The Icelandic men’s handball team still has a chance of qualifying for the games.