The current World Outdoor Champ at 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay, as well as the current 400m indoor WAC and 4x400m WAC, Femke Bol, is racing in the Caribbean before the World Relays, to be held this coming weekend, May 5, in the Bahamas. 

Femke Bol in the 100 m and 150 m
WILLEMSTAD (AHO, Apr 28): The 2023 European Athlete of the Year, Femke Bol, opened her outdoor season at the Competition Curacao clocking 11.47 (-0.3) in the 100m – finishing third behind the Swiss winner Sarah Atcho (11.28) and 17.10 (-0.9) in the 150m – also third, behind Lieke Klaver who won in 16.96 and also topped her 100m heat in 11.33 (-0.1). The meeting was the pre-World Relays test for Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, and Ukrainian athletes. Netherlands clocked 38.30 in the 4x100m relay over Belgium (38.68 NR), and Switzerland topped the women’s relay in 42.91 ahead of Belgium (43.30) and the Netherlands (43.36).

ISTANBUL, TURKEY – MARCH 04: Femke Bol of the Netherlands celebrates alongside Lieke Klaver of the Netherlands after winning the Women’s 400m Final during Day 2 of the European Athletics Indoor Championships at the Atakoy Arena on March 04, 2023 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)


There were also fast 400m races for Oleksandr Pohorilko, who improved the NR for Ukraine to 44.94 over Liemarvin Bonevacia (45.21), and for Netherlands’s Cathelijn Peeters, who improved her PB massively to 51.08 ahead of Naomi Van Den Broeck from Belgium (51.62). Dutch sprinters topped the men’s 100m, Hensey Paulina in 10.25 (-0.7) and Churandy Martina at 10.36 (-0.2) in another heat, competing on his home island for the first time in 19 years. Other wins for the Netherlands by Eugene Omalla in the 300m (32.68) and Taymir Burnet at 15.28 (-0.5) in the 150m, while Belgium’s Helena Ponette topped the women’s 300m (37.28).

Femke Bol, WC silver medalist, ER 400m hurdles, photo by Munich 2022