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Femke Bol stats: Top 10 fastest timings of Femke Bol in women’s 400 m

Femke Bol is a Dutch track and field athlete who specialises in the 400 metres hurdles and 400 metres. She is the 2020 Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist in the 400 m hurdles and the current European record of 52.03 seconds. Bol is the third-fastest woman of all time and the first Dutch Olympic medallist at the event. She is also the 2022 World Championships silver medallist and 2022 European champion. Bol was the first female athlete to complete the 400 m/400 m hurdles double at a major championship. She holds world bests in the 300 m hurdles and indoor 500 m. Bol also holds Dutch records in the indoor 200 m and 400 m. In her breakthrough 2021 season, Femke set a Diamond League record and three circuit’s meet records. A ‘double trouble’, she is the strongest part of Dutch 4 × 400 m relays.

Career Arch of Femke Bol

Femke Bol started concentrating on the 400 m runs from the early age of 15. She started winning Dutch age-group competitions. She won five national youth titles in the 400 m between 2015 and 2017, and four junior titles in 2018 and 2019. At the international competitions, she progressed steadily. Competing against athletes up to two years her senior, Bol did not advance from the 400 m heats at the 2015 European Youth Olympic Festival in Tbilisi, Georgia. Two years later, the 17-year-old participated in the European Under-20 Championships held in Grosseto, Italy and reached the semi-finals of the event. During her last junior year, she claimed her first national senior title.

In June, Bol broke Dutch U20/U23 records and achieved World Championship qualifying standard with a time of 55.94 s. In July, she confirmed herself as the continent’s best U20 runner. She then went on to win the gold medal at the European U20 Championships. At the Doha World Championships in October, Bol reached the semi-finals with a new record of 55.32 s in the heats. However, with the pandemic, came the most difficult phase for Bol’s athletic career. She had to train in gravel and woods. Even then also, in July she broke by almost a second the national 400 m hurdles record of 54.62 s. During this pandemic season, the Dutchwoman won the following races: two Diamond League events (2020) and three Continental Tours. In September, she won in Ostrava, Bellinzona, and Rome. She reduced her open 400 metres down to 51.13 s.

The 2021 season was very successful for Bol as she improved gradually her personal best. Bol set Diamond League record, three circuit’s meet records. Additionally, she set five meet records at the World Athletics Indoor Tour and Continental Tour events. At the Tokyo Olympics, Bol ran six 400 m races with hurdles or flat. However, she ended up with the bronze medal. In 2022, she was the world indoor and outdoor silver medalist. She anchored the Dutch team to a national record of 48.95 s. Along with this she was also the triple European Champion. Bol got her 2023 campaign off to a strong start on 4 February as she added next record to her growing CV. On 19 February at the Dutch Indoors, she sliced 0.7 s off her best with a landmark 49.26 seconds. This obliterated the longest-standing world record in a track race.

What are the top ten best runs of Femke Bol in women’s 400 m?

Competition (Location)DateResultPosition
European Athletics Championships (Germany)17 August 202249.44 secs1
Kamila Skolimowska Memorial (Poland)06 August 202249.75 secs1
European Athletics Team Championships First Division (Poland)23 June 202349.82 secs1
FBK Games (Netherlands)04 June 202350.11 secs1
European Athletics Team Championships First League (Romania)19 June 202150.37 secs1
IFAM Meeting (Belgium)29 May 202150.56 secs1
Diamond League (Paris)28 August 202150.59 secs4
European Athletics Championships (Germany)16 August 202250.60 secs1
CITIUS Champs (Switzerland)24 July 202051.13 secs1
Herculis (Monaco)14 August 202051.57 secs1

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