Dutch athletes steal show at Diamond League

Atlete Femke Bol won her second victory in the Diamond League. The 20-year-old from Amersfoort was the best in the 400-metre hurdles in Rome. She finished in a time of 53.90 seconds. This made the winner considerably faster than the Ukrainian Anna Rizjikova, who finished second with 54.54. Her compatriot Viktoria Tkashuk finished third in 54.93.

Bol won the 400 meter hurdles at the Diamond League in Stockholm last month. She ran a time of 54.68 in Sweden. Earlier in August Bol took bronze in the 400 meter hurdles at the highly acclaimed Diamond League match in Monaco.

After her successful race in Rome, the youthful Bol said she still finds it a bit crazy that she is competing with the seniors this year. Participating in the Diamond League is something I have always dreamed of. I have done it this year and, moreover, with great times, so what more could you ask for?

Clover wins 400 metres with a personal record

Lieke Klaver made an impression on the 400 metres at Diamond League matches in Rome. The 22-year-old athlete from Enkhuizen triumphed in a time of 50.98 seconds. With that she also ran a personal record. Her old top time was 51.39.

Lisanne de Witte is still the Dutch record holder at this distance. She clocked a time of 50.77 in 2018.

Clover was gilded with her triumph in the Diamond League. Great, what a race, she applauded. A victory with a personal record, that‘s so cool. And also in the last race of the season. Afterwards I didn’t realise it at first. Did I do this? I thought. I‘m really proud of myself now.

Fisherman rushes to victory on 100 metre hurdles

Following in the footsteps of Bol and Klaver, Nadine Visser also scored a victory in Rome. The Noord-Holland athlete triumphed over the 100 metre hurdles in a time of 12.72. The Italian Luminosa Bogliolo finished second in 12.83 and the American Payton Chadwick finished third (12.89).

Visser placed a special ‘double‘ at the end of last month’s NK in Utrecht. After the Dutch title in the 100 metres, she also captured the gold on her speciality, the 100 metres hurdles.

Duplantis jumps unofficial world record in Rome

The Swede Armand Duplantis won the pole vault with a jump over 6 metres and 15 centimetres. It is the highest jump ever in the open air. Only Duplantis himself did better, last winter in hall (6.18). That achievement remains the official world record.

So far the highest jump outside was by Sergei Bubka. The Ukrainian jumped over 6.14 metres in 1994.