Femke Bol in the 400m hurdles

STOCKHOLM – The reigning world champion in the 400-meter hurdles, Femke Bol of the Netherlands, headlines the entries for the BAUHAUS-Galan Diamond League meet set for June 2 at the historic Olympic Stadium, organizers revealed.

Bol is coming off a spectacular 2023 season in which she won world titles in the 400 hurdles, and 4×400 relay at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest picked up from where she left off during the indoor campaign after winning the 400 dash at the 2024 World Indoor Championships in Glasgow.

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The 24-year-old Dutch star is the dominant 400-meter runner with and without hurdles but she aims to continue improving in the 400m hurdles, an event she will compete in at the upcoming BAUHAUS-Galan Diamond League event.

Reflecting on her expected return to Stockholm, Bol shared, “I am happy to be back in Stockholm where I have good memories from my last race where I set the stadium record 52.27 two years ago.”

As the Paris Olympics 2024 loom, Bol is widely regarded as one of the favorites for the 400m hurdles gold.

However, a formidable challenge awaits in the form of world record holder Sydney McLaughlin, who has been selective in her competitions since her record-breaking run at the World Championships in Eugene in 2022.

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The anticipated showdown between Femke Bol and McLaughlin is shaping up to be one of the most eagerly awaited duels of the summer, despite the likelihood of their paths not crossing until Paris 2024.

Bol views her participation in the BAUHAUS-galan as a crucial step in her Olympic preparations.

“This year’s race at the BAUHAUS gala is important in my preparation for the Olympic 400m hurdles later this year,” she stated.

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