Reigning European U20 400m hurdles champion Femke Bol continued her remarkable ascent by slashing another significant chunk off her recently set lifetime best on Saturday (18) afternoon.
In her first race of the outdoor season a fortnight ago, Bol lowered her lifetime best from 55.32 to 54.47 in cold and rainy conditions in Papendal which further underlined her status as one of the most promising young exponents in the event.
Competing on the same track at her training base in Papendal this afternoon but with much better conditions on offer, Bol decimated the time she set on her season’s debut, stopping the clock at 53.79.
Bol’s time further improved her world lead and was also a Dutch record. Her season’s opener of 54.47 was also faster than the long-standing national record of 54.62 although Bol’s time wasn’t ratified as only one other athlete was in the race.
In her first of three seasons in the U23 ranks, 20-year-old Bol moves to fourth on the European all-time U23 list, leapfrogging the likes of former world record-holders Yuliya Pechonkina from Russia (53.98) and Great Britain’s Sally Gunnell (54.03).
Bol has already taken a phenomenal 1.53 off her pre-2020 lifetime best in her two 400m hurdles races this year but the Dutchwoman believes she can further surpass this time later this season. "It should happen in a stadium with hopefully an audience and strong competition,” she said.
European indoor 60m hurdles champion Nadine Visser clocked 12.95 in the 100m hurdles and Marije van Hunenstijn won the 200m in 22.91 ahead of in-form Swiss Ajla Del Ponte in 23.02.
World leading performances for Mironchyk-Ivanova and Dubitskaya in Brest
European indoor silver medallist Nastassia Mironchyk-Ivanova provided one of the highlights at the Belarus Cup in Brest on 16-17 July, setting a world leading mark of 6.93m in the long jump.
Aliona Dubitskaya also moved to the top of the 2020 world outdoor list in the shot put alongside Portugal’s Auriole Dongmo, matching the world lead with a lifetime best of 19.27m.
Already the world leader in the hammer with 75.45m, Hanna Malyshik threw 73.00m in Brest and 2016 European champion Tatsiana Khaladovich won the javelin with 64.33m.
Reigning European champion Elvira Herman produced two victories across the programme, winning her specialist 100m hurdles in 12.80 as well as the 200m in 23.37.
Elsewhere, former European U20 champion Violetta Skvartsova won the triple jump with 14.17m and 18-year-old Krystsina Kantsavenka won the pole vault with a national U20 record of 4.50m.