Femke Bol shatters indoor women’s 400-meter world record at Dutch Championships

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Femke Bol

19th February 2024 – (The Hague) Dutch athlete Femke Bol made history on Sunday as she broke the indoor women’s 400-meter world record during the highly anticipated Dutch Indoor Championships. The 23-year-old sensation displayed exceptional prowess, crossing the finish line in a remarkable time of 49.24 seconds, surpassing her own previous record set at the National Championships last year. This outstanding achievement comes as Bol improved upon the longstanding world record of 49.59 seconds, established 41 years ago by Czech athlete Jarmila Kratochvilova.

Bol’s remarkable performance not only secured her the national title but also solidified her position as one of the world’s leading athletes in the indoor 400-meter event. Her fierce competitor and close friend, Lieke Klaver, claimed the second position with a commendable time of 50.10 seconds. It is worth noting that both Bol and Klaver currently hold the top spots in the world indoor rankings this season. Their exceptional form and rivalry have set the stage for an exhilarating showdown at the upcoming World Indoor Championships in Glasgow, scheduled to take place in two weeks.

Beyond her extraordinary achievement in the indoor arena, Bol boasts an impressive track record in outdoor competitions as well. She currently holds the European title in both the indoor and outdoor 400-meter events. Notably, Bol secured a bronze medal in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, finishing behind the formidable duo of Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad from the United States. However, she quickly rebounded and claimed the gold medal at the World Championships in Budapest last year, solidifying her status as a true force to be reckoned with on the global stage.