Femke Bol beats own world 400m record at national championships

Femke Bol (centre) celebrates with training partner Lieke Klaver (l). Photo: ANP/Iris van den Broek

Femke Bol clocked a new world record over 400m for the second year in a row as she stormed to victory in the Dutch national indoor athletics championships in Apeldoorn.

Bol shaved two hundredths of a second off her previous mark as she crossed the line in 49.24 seconds.

It was the third time this season she had broken 50 seconds, making the 23-year-old the clear favourite for the world indoor championships in Glasgow next month.

After the race Bol was full of praise for her training partner, Lieke Klaver, who ran a personal best of 50.10 seconds in second place and is now the second fastest athlete over the distance this year.

“She’s one of the very best in the world at 400 metres,” Bol said. “It’s a luxury to be able to run and train together.”

Sprint hurdlers Job Geerds, in the men’s 60 metres, and Maayke Tijn A-Lim, in the women’s race, both earned tickets for Glasgow as they beat the qualifying time to compete in the world championships.

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