Femke Bol instantly offered her enterprise card at her first race of the brand new outside season. In Oordegem, the place she all of the sudden appeared on the checklist of members to everybody’s shock, she achieved a superb 53.12 within the 400 meters hurdles.
The hurdle specialist, who solely needs to peak on the World Cup in Budapest in August, hopes to make progress on her favourite quantity by extending the stride size between the obstacles. That labored effectively on the IFAM assembly in Flanders with solely fourteen steps as much as the seventh hurdle as a substitute of the ‘typical’ fifteen.
Bol rushes to an exquisite time at 400 meters hurdles with a brand new stride rhythm
Exactly due to this new method, Bol, who would truly solely play within the open air for the primary time on June 2 on the Diamond League in Florence, had inserted the ‘snack’ in Oordegem.
“That new rhythm takes some getting used to. On the Diamond League I’m instantly within the spotlights. Everyone seems to be watching and everybody has expectations. So I believed it will be sensible to attempt it out right here at my leisure. Only a good coaching match.”
The 23-year-old from Amersfoort, who additionally visits the FBK Video games in Hengelo two days after Florence for a 400-meter flat, had been trying ahead to it. “I at all times am excited, so to talk, however now I used to be additionally curious: how will or not it’s, how will the change all of the sudden go? I used to be actually trying ahead to it, however I used to be additionally additional nervous due to it.”
She might look again on the overture with satisfaction. “I particularly wished fourteen paces to the seventh hurdle. That went effectively. After that it turned a little bit of a multitude. The truth that this time nonetheless comes out reveals that these fourteen paces work effectively. I nonetheless had lots left on the top. So I am very comfortable.”
Bol after a profitable opening race: ‘It really works effectively, these fourteen steps’
Bol captured silver ultimately yr’s World Cup in Eugene in 52.27 behind the unapproachable American Sydney McLaughlin, who set the world file at 50.58. Dalilah Muhammad completed third there in 53.13.
Bol’s Dutch (and European) file stands at 52.03. That point she ran two years in the past within the Olympic closing in Tokyo.