Bol, Visser and Klaver ensure Dutch success at Diamond League

Femke Bol, Lieke Klaver and Nadine Visser made an impression at the Diamond League matches in Rome. The 20-year-old Bol lived up to her favourite role on the 400 metre hurdles, the 22-year-old Clover was surprisingly the fastest on the 400 metres and the 25-year-old Visser won the 100 metre hurdles.

Bol won her second victory in the Diamond League. After the third place at her DL-debut in Monaco (on the 400 meter hurdles) and the victory in Stockholm (400 meter hurdles) she was the fastest on the 400 meter hurdles in Rome.

With a lead Bol came out of the last corner and she kept the numbers two and seven of the last European Championship, the Ukrainians Anna Ryzhykova and Viktorija Tkashuk, well behind her. With 53.90 she was only slightly slower than the national record of 53.79 that she ran on Papendal in July, which is the fastest season in the world.

It was her fourth consecutive international season‘s victory in the 400-metre hurdles, following her victories in Szรฉkesfehรฉrvรกr, Stockholm and Tuesday in Bellinzona, Switzerland.

Personal records for Clover and Foppen

Lieke Klaver also won a nice victory. She dived on the 400 meter with 50,98 no less than 0,41 below her personal record. The rest had a street-length backlog. For Klaver it was her second victory of the season on this distance, after her win in the Swiss La Chaux-de-Fonds halfway August.

Nadine Visser won the 100 meter hurdles in 12.72. Tuesday in Bellinzona Visser was also the fastest on this event. With 12.68 in Hungary in August, Visser already has the fastest time of the year behind her name.

Jochem Dobber ran an excellent 400 metres in the men’s race. With 45.64 he was 0.16 short for a podium place, but he was 0.04 faster than his personal record.

Mike Foppen finished fifth in the 3,000 metres. That was an excellent classification, because the top four (the Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo, the Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen, the Australian Stewart McSweyn and Yemaneberhan Crippa from Italy) ran a national record. Foppen ran a PR with 7.39,75, but the national record of Gert-Jan Liefers (7.37,48. Hengelo, 2005) remained out of his reach.

Nick Smidt was eighth out of 400 meters in 50.67 hurdles. World champion Karsten Holm from Norway triumphed in 47.07.