The 20 years old Dutch 400h Champion, Femkel Bol has started where she left with dazzling time last year. At Vienna International Meet earlier today, Femke broke 23 years old Netherlands national 400m indoor record .The 400m hurdles, Bol, won the 400m clocking 50.96 to beat the previous Dutch recod of 51.82 seconds. A few minutes earlier Lieke Klaver also from Netherland won her heat with 51.48 second.
Former record holder Ester Goossens calls the performance ‘unbelievably good’. “I would say that Femke will soon be able to become European indoor champion in March with such a time. Nice to follow both in the coming races, and for Femke also on the hurdles next summer. ”
For a faster time worldwide we have to go back to 2018. Bol was the fastest in the world in the 400 meter hurdles last year, Klaver in Europe the fastest in the 200 and 400 meters.
Laurent Meuwly, coach of both Klaver and Bol speaks of an ‘excellent start to the season’. “I knew they were in good shape. Both had a good winter and also at training camp. Still, it’s always exciting how their first race goes, but both performed perfectly. Lieke opened quickly (23.60 halfway, ed.), Femke slower (24.67, ed.). They are also completely different athletes. Both had the right focus. Do not forget that it is always difficult to perform like this. You know you’re in shape, but you have to show it. Now they are number one and two in the world, I am very happy. They are medal candidates for the European Indoor Championships. ”
Meuwly also referred to the importance of the 4×400 meters during the European Indoor Championships in early March in Torún, Poland. “We are not yet qualified for that, but the best fourth individual times are added up for that. Hopefully two other girls will also run fast so we can start there. ”