Dutch Woman Breaks Track and Field Record That Had Been Unbeaten in 41 Years

After 41 years, the women's indoor 400-meter record has finally been broken by a new star. The momentous occasion took place at the Dutch Indoor Championships in Apeldoorn, where 23-year-old Femke Bol made the run of her life, crossing the finish line in 49.26 seconds, which is 0.33 seconds faster than the previous time.

Czech athlete Jarmila Kratochvílová held the indoor 400m record time of 49.59 seconds since her run in 1982, making it the longest-standing record in track and the second oldest in track and field. “It was because of all the fans here that I ran this record,” Bol says. “Never have I ever seen that many people here. When I crossed the line, I knew that the record was mine because of the noise that the crowd made.”

Despite her young age, Bol has already accumulated a number of accomplishments in track and field. In addition to holding the world record in 400m, she is also a bronze medalist in the 400m hurdles and holds the world records in the 300m hurdles and indoor 500m. “I was hoping to run the record, of course, but in life you hope for a lot of things and most of the time it does not happen,” Bol adds. “I am glad that I did not just get the record, but that I improved it by a large margin.” It will be exciting to see what this young athlete will do next.

Dutch runner Femke Bol broke the record for the indoor 400 meter, which has been in place for 41 years

Bol finished the race at 49.26 seconds, which is 0.33 seconds faster than the previous record made by Jarmila Kratochvílová in 1982.

h/t: [Good News Network]

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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