Femke Bol Shatters World Indoor 400m Record at Dutch Championships

Posted by: Watch Athletics

At the pulsating heart of Apeldoorn, amidst the echoing cheers of a full house at the Omnisport Arena, the stage was set for a historic afternoon in athletics. The venue, already basking in the anticipation of hosting the 2025 European Athletics Indoor Championships, witnessed a monumental feat as Femke Bol shattered her own world indoor 400m record on a memorable Sunday.

The air was thick with excitement as Bol, with a graceful explosion of speed, stormed from the outside lane, mirroring her performance from the previous year. Her training companion and relay ally, Lieke Klaver, was hot on her heels, a mere stride away, adding to the electrifying atmosphere. However, Bol, known for her exceptional prowess in the final stretch, unleashed her power in the last 100 metres. With each long stride, she widened the gap, leaving Klaver and the rest of the field in her wake, clinching the record in an astounding 49.24 seconds, a sliver of time - two-hundredths of a second - faster than her previous best.

The achievement was not just a personal victory for Bol but a shared joy with the Dutch fans, who reveled in the glory of their national star. "It feels really special to run this world record in front of the Dutch track and field fans," Bol expressed, her words echoing the sentiment of a nation proud.

This record-breaking run marked Bol's final appearance before the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow, where she aims to dazzle in both the 400m and the 4x400m relay.

Dutch Championship Women's 400m Final Results:

1Femke BolAltisWR 49,24'0,256
2Lieke KlaverSAV2e AT 50,10'0,174
3Cathelijn PeetersPrins Hendrik52,08'0,247
4Eveline SaalbergGVAC53,51'0,273
5Madelief Van LeurAltis2e AT U18 54,11'0,195
 Myrte Van der SchootGAC HilversumDNF 


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