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Femke Bol dominates in 400m hurdles, clinches 3rd Diamond League Trophy

Femke Bol clocked 51.98 secs to win the 400m hurdles Diamond League Final trophy on Sunday and set a new meeting record. USA's Shamier Little and Jamaica's Rushell Clayton trailed home behind her.

Femke Bol wins the women's 400m hurdles at the Prefontaine Classic 2023
Femke Bol wins the women's 400m hurdles at the Prefontaine Classic 2023. Photo by Matthew Quine for Diamond League AG

EUGENE, Oregon (Sept. 17) – Dutch sensation Femke Bol clinched her third Diamond League Final trophy with a scintillating 51.98-second performance in the women’s 400 meter hurdles at the 2023 Eugene Diamond League Final on Sunday.

Bol shattered the meeting record and secured another all-time top 10 mark, leaving American Shamier Little and Jamaica’s Rushell Clayton trailing in her wake.

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Femke Bol’s commanding performance

The world champion faced stiff competition from American Shamier Little in the initial stages of the race.

However, Bol’s acceleration in the latter half was unmatched, allowing her to distance herself from Little, the world silver medalist, who finished second in 53.45 seconds.

Jamaica’s world bronze medalist, Rushell Clayton, took the third spot with a time of 53.56 seconds.

Bol’s time not only earned her the Diamond League trophy but also improved the existing meeting record, set by former world record holder, USA’s Dalilah Muhammad (52.77) in 2021.

Femke Bol reflects on stellar season

In a post-race interview, Bol acknowledged the early challenges she faced today.

“I tried to go out a bit fast but when I get tired this is hard for me,” she said. “But I had a really strong finish again and my strides worked like I wanted, and finishing in 51 and the Diamond League trophy win is all I can ask for.”

Bol also took a moment to reflect on her successful season.

“My season was great,” she added. “I made a lot of progress, I changed some things like my strides. We’re looking mostly at Paris next year, but it really paid off quite a lot this year.

“I’ve had an amazing season, amazing races on the Diamond League circuit and then when I come here it’s the Diamond League final and it’s where the Worlds were last year.

“It’s an amazing crowd so I really want to do well and I’m just really happy I could finish it off so strong and in front of this crowd it’s really amazing.”

Looking Ahead To Paris 2024

With her eyes set on next year’s events in Paris for the Olympic Games, Femke Bol’s recent victory adds momentum to her already soaring career, making her one of the athletes to watch in the upcoming season.

Women’s 400m Hurdles Results – Diamond League Final

  • 1st: Femke Bol (NED) – 51.98 seconds (Meeting Record)
  • 2nd: Shamier Little (USA) – 53.45 seconds
  • 3rd: Rushell Clayton (JAM) – 53.56 seconds
  • 4th: Janieve Russell (JAM) – 53.60 seconds (Season Best)
  • 5th: Anna Cockrell (USA) – 54.48 seconds
  • 6th: Ayomide Folorunso (ITA) – 54.68 seconds
  • 7th: Gianna Woodruff (PAN) – 54.95 seconds
  • 8th: Anna Ryzhykova (UKR) – 54.98 seconds
  • 9th: Viktoriya Tkachuk (UKR) – 55.48 seconds
Covers meetings in the United States, including the USA Championships, meetings in Florida and Miami, as well as promoting on social media @worldtrack. Campbell discovered his writing ability at South Broward HS in Hollywood, FL, before graduating from Florida International University and continued to sharpen his skills.

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