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Femke Bol
Femke Bol at the 2020 Bauhaus Galan meeting in Stockholm (cropped).jpg
Bol at the 2020 Diamond League meet in Stockholm
Personal information
Nickname(s) Bambi
Born 23 February 2000 (2000-02-23) (age 21)
Amersfoort, Netherlands
Height 1.84m
Country Netherlands
Sport Track and field
  • 400 m hurdles
  • 400 m
Club AV Altis
Coached by
  • Bram Peters (2017–)
  • Laurent Meuwly (national)
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals
  • 2021
  • 400 m hurdles, 33 Bronze
  • 4x400 m, 6th
  • 4x400 m mixed, 4th
Personal best(s)
  • 400 m hurdles: 52.03 AR 2021
  • 400 m: 50.37 NR 2021
  • Indoor
  • 400 m: 50.63i NR 2021
Updated on 7 August 2021.

Femke Bol (born 23 February 2000, Amersfoort) is a Dutch track and field athlete who specialises in the 400 metres hurdles and 400 metres. She is the 2020 Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist in the 400m hurdles with the European record of 52.03 seconds, becoming the third fastest woman of all time at the event. A two time 2021 European Indoor Championships gold medalist, Bol set that year 11 national records in the individual events, adding five more as a member of relay teams.

Femke Bol held, as of August 2021, Dutch records in the 400 m, 300 / 400 m hurdles, as well as indoor record in the 400 m.


Junior career

Femke Bol showed her sprint talent already from a young age, winning Dutch competitions in her age category. She won nine national youth titles in 2015-19, eight in the 400 metres and one in the 400 m hurdles, setting Dutch youth records in both events.

At the international competitions, Bol progressed steadily. She did not advance from the heats in the 400 m at the 2015 European Youth Olympic Festival. Two years later, at 17, she reached the semi-finals in the event at the 2017 European U20 Championships.

In 2019, in her last junior year, she first won two gold medals at the Dutch U20 championships (400 m hurdles and 400 m indoor), and added her first senior title at the national indoor competition (400 m). In June, Bol won the 400 m hurdles race at the meet in Geneva, qualifying for the Doha World Championships. In July, she confirmed herself as the continent's best under-20 runner in her, since that year, signature event of the 400 m hurdles, with a gold medal at the European U20 Championships. At the World Championships, Bol reached the semi-finals with new personal best and national U20 record of 55.32 s in the heats, becoming the 2nd fastest under-20 European woman in history. Dutch 4x400 m relay placed seventh.

Senior career

In July 2020, Bol twice broke the 1998's national senior record of 54.62 seconds in the 400 m hurdles at the Dutch training centre Papendal near Arnhem, where she currently lives. First she took in rain almost a second off her PB with a time of 54.47 s, which could not be ratified as only one other athlete competed. Two weeks later, she ran 53.79 – the 4th fastest under-23 European time in history.

The 21-year-old improved her PBs setting 10 individual national records throughout 2021. Bol won the 400 metres at the European Indoor Championships with her 5th Dutch record of the year in this indoor event; she took her second gold medal anchoring the 4×400 m relay team to a championship record time of 3:27.15. She lowered her own national record in the 400 m hurdles winning at the Diamond League meetings, beginning with a time of 53.44 s on 10 June in Florence. On 1 July in Oslo, she improved in 53.33 s to take almost a second off with a Diamond League record time of 52.37 s on 4 July in Stockholm, where she beat Shamier Little by 0.02 s. The race was quick as Bol became the 4th fastest woman of all time with the 6th fastest result ever, missing the European record by just 0.03 s. On 6 July, she won the event at the Continental Tour meet in Székesfehérvár with a time of 52.81 s, edging out Little, who timed 52.85 s, again. Having won the meet in Gateshead, England on 13 July, she extended her unbeaten streak in the event to 6 races in the 2021 season and 12 straight races in total. It was her third consecutive victory over the US rival, but this time Bol dominated running away by about 10 metres.

At the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics in August 2021, Bol bettered a Dutch record, in this case her own PB, for the 11th time that year to break the 400m hurdles European record, finishing third in a time of 52.03 seconds. She lost only to her main rivals in the world, the winner Sydney McLaughlin and the runner-up Dalilah Muhammad, who both improved on a world record of the former. Bol took 0.31 s off European mark set by Yuliya Pechonkina in 2003 (world record until 2019), becoming the third fastest woman of all time at the event with the fourth fastest result ever.


Femke Bol at the 2020 Gyulai Memorial in Szekesfehervar, Hungary
Bol at the 2020 Gyulai István Memorial in Székesfehérvár

Information from World Athletics profile unless otherwise noted. Last updated on 7 August 2021.

Personal bests

Event Time (s) Wind Venue Date Notes
200 metres 23.16 +0.5 m/s Breda, Netherlands 27 June 2021
400 metres 50.37 Cluj-Napoca, Romania 19 June 2021 NR
300 metres hurdles 38.55 Ostrava, Czech Republic 8 September 2020 NB #2 all-time
400 metres hurdles 52.03 Tokyo, Japan 4 August 2021 European record #3 all-time
400 metres indoor 50.63 i Toruń, Poland 6 March 2021 NR

International competitions

Representing the  Netherlands
Year Competition Venue Position Event Time Notes
2015 European Youth Olympic Festival Tbilisi, Georgia (heats) 400 m 57.41
2017 European U20 Championships Grosseto, Italy (sf) 400 m 54.74
2019 World Relays Yokohama, Japan 9th 4x400 m 3:29.03
European U20 Championships Borås, Sweden 1st 400 m hurdles 56.25
World Championships Doha, Qatar 22nd (sf) 400 m hurdles 56.37 (PB NU20R h )
7th 4x400 m 3:27.89
2021 European Indoor Championships Toruń, Poland 1st 400 m 50.63 EL, NR
1st 4x400 m 3:27.15 EL, CR, NR
World Relays Chorzów, Poland 4th 4×400 m 3:30.12
8th 4×400 m mixed 3:18.04 NR
Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan 3rd 400 m hurdles 52.03 AR
6th 4×400 m 3:23.74 NR
4th 4×400 m mixed 3:10.36 NR

Circuit wins

  • Diamond League meetings
    • 2020 (2) (400 m h): Stockholm Bauhaus-Galan (54.68), Rome Golden Gala (53.90)
    • 2021 (4) (400 m h): Rome Golden Gala in Florence (53.44 NR), Oslo Bislett Games (53.33 NR), Stockholm Bauhaus-Galan (52.37 MR DLR NR), Gateshead British Grand Prix (53.24)
  • Continental Tour
    • 2020 [2]; (1) (400 m h): Székesfehérvár Memorial (54.67); (1) (300 m h): Ostrava Golden Spike
    • 2021 (2) (400 m h): Hengelo FBK Games (54.33), Székesfehérvár Memorial (52.81)

National titles

  • Dutch Championships
    • 400 metres indoor (2): 2019, 2021
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