Two weeks after running a Dutch 400m hurdles record of 54.47 in the rain, 20-year-old Femke Bol was back in Papendal, Netherlands on Saturday (18) – this time in better conditions – and took another chunk off her record, clocking 53.79.
Bol only took up the event last year but went on to win the European U20 title and reached the semifinals of the World Championships, setting a national U20 record of 55.32 along the way.
Despite clipping the penultimate hurdle in today’s race in Arnhem, Bol won by almost two seconds as Germany’s Jackie Bauman finished second in a PB of 55.53.
Olympic shot put champion Ryan Crouser produced a massive new personal best of 22.91m throw to highlight an American Track League Summer Series meeting in Marietta, Georgia, on Saturday (18); which make him third in all time list.
Competing for just the second time this outdoor season, Crouser illustrated solid form, opening with a world-leading 22.15m effort and improving to 22.24m in round three.
He unleashed a 22.73m throw in the fifth round before capping the night with his 22.91m bomb, one centimetre better than his previous career best set at last year’s World Championships where he finished second in the finest shot put competition ever. The throw also elevates the 27-year-old American to equal-third on the all-time list.
Crouser kicked off his 2020 season at the opening meeting of this regional US series on 11 July with a 21.87m throw, also in Marietta.
Nick Ponzio, who joined the 21-metre ranks this year with 21.08m efforts in Scottsdale (28 Jun) and Marietta (11 Jul), was second with 20.15m.
Katie Nageotte topped 4.83m on her second attempt to win the pole vault, adding one centimetre to her previous outdoor best and another world-leading performance. The 2019 World Championships finalist bowed out after three misses at 4.92m. Megan Clark was second at 4.45m.