Femke Bol
Bol at the 2020 Diamond League meet in Stockholm
Personal information
Born (2000-02-23) 23 February 2000 (age 21)
Amersfoort, Netherlands
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Weight65 kg (143 lb)[2]
SportTrack and field
ClubAV Altis
Coached by
  • Bram Peters (2017–)
  • Laurent Meuwly (national)
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals
  • 2021 Tokyo
  • 400 m hurdles,  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 9 September 2021.

Femke Bol (born 23 February 2000 in Amersfoort)[3] is a Dutch track and field athlete who specialises in the 400 metres hurdles and 400 metres. She is the 2020 Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist in the 400m hurdles with a European record of 52.03 seconds, becoming the third-fastest woman of all time at the event. In her breakthrough 2021 season, Bol became also a two-time European Indoor champion, took 400m hurdles Diamond League title setting a circuit and three meet records, she set three Continental Tour meet records and 11 Dutch records in individual events with five more as a member of relay teams.[4][5]

Bol was in her specialist hurdles event 2019 European under-20 champion. As of December 2021 she held Dutch records over the 300 / 400 m hurdles, and the 400 m outdoors and indoors. For her 2021 season she was voted European Athletics' women's Rising Star.[6]

Early life

Femke Bol, born on 23 February 2000 in Amersfoort, trained judo initially, and turned to running around age eight after her brother got into athletics.

As of 2021, she was a student of Communication Sciences at the Wageningen University & Research.[7]


Junior career

Bol she showed her sprint talent from a young age, winning Dutch competitions in her age categories and setting national records.. She won five national youth titles between 2015 and 2017 in the 400 metres (indoor and outdoor), four junior titles between 2018 and 2019 (400 m indoor, outdoor and hurdles), and her first senior title in 2019 (400 m indoor).[3]

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 Under-20 Championships.

In 2019, her last junior year, she first won two gold medals at the Dutch U20 championships (400 m indoor and 400 m hurdles), and claimed her first senior national title in the 400 m indoors. In June, Bol won the 400 m hurdles race at the meet in Geneva with a time of 55.94 s, setting Dutch U20 and U23 records and 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, the 19-year-old reached the semi-finals with a new personal best of 55.32 s in the heats, becoming the second-fastest under-20 European woman in history.[8][9] She also helped her national team place seventh in the women's 4x400 m relay.[3]

Senior career

Bol at the 2020 Gyulai István Memorial in Székesfehérvár


In July 2020, Bol broke by almost a second the 1998 400 m hurdles Dutch senior record of 54.62 seconds running at the Dutch training centre Papendal near Arnhem, where she currently lives.[10][1] First she took, in rain, almost a second off her career best 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 s – the fourth-fastest under-23 European time in history.[11]

During this pandemic season, she won all her other races over the barriers (two Diamond League promotional events, and three Continental Tour events).


In what was very successful season, the 21-year-old improved gradually her personal bests, setting 11 individual national records with five more as a member of relay teams.[5]

She started on 30 January smashing her previous best in the 400 m indoors by more than 1.5 s to set a new Dutch record of 50.96 s at the Vienna Indoor Track & Field competition in Austria. Bol won all her eight races at the distance in five events, lowering finally a national record to 50.63 s during European Indoor Championships in Toruń, Poland; she took there her second gold medal anchoring women's 4×400 m relay team to a championship record time of 3:27.15.[12][4]

Outdoors Bol started by competing at the World Athletics Relays to set a 400 m national record of 50.56 s on 29 May at the IFAM meeting in Oordegem. She then started improving her own Dutch 400 m hurdles record when winning Diamond League meetings, beginning with a time of 53.44 s on 10 June in Florence. On 19 June, she reverted back to the open 400m during European Team Championships in Romania and bettered her record mark with a 50.37 performance.[13] On 1 July in Oslo, she lowered her hurdles record in 53.33 s to further 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 fourth fastest woman of all time with the sixth-fastest result ever, missing the European record by just 0.04 s.[14][15] 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.[16] Having won Diamond race in Gateshead, England on 13 July, she extended her unbeaten streak in her specialist 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.[17]

Bol running during heavy rain in the semi-final of the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games
Bol running during heavy rain in the semi-final of the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games

At the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics in July and August 2021, Bol ran six 400m races with hurdles or flat, including three under 50 seconds relay legs. In her specialty event, she bettered an individual Dutch record for the 11th time that year to break a European and Olympic record, finishing third in a time of 52.03 seconds. She lost only to her main rivals in the world, the winner Sydney McLaughlin (51.46 – world record) and the runner-up Dalilah Muhammad (51.58), who both ran inside previous world record of the former. Bol broke the 2003 Yuliya Pechonkina's European mark of 52.34 s (world record until 2019) and the 2008 Melaine Walker's Olympic record of 52.64 s, becoming the third fastest woman of all time at the event with the fourth fastest result ever.[14][18] Her result would have been also a world record about a month earlier, before 27 June, when McLaughlin clocked 51.90 s at the 2021 US Olympic trials. Before Bol's individual final on 4 August, she helped mixed 4x400m relay team set national record in the final with her 49.74 s split, and later she anchored women's 4x400 relay to consecutive Dutch records in the heat and in the final, clocking splits of 49.14 s and 48.97 s respectively.[19]

After the Games, in August and September, she continued her Diamond League domination over the barriers winning at the Lausanne Athletissima and at the Zürich Weltklasse final, with meet records of 53.05 s and 52.80 s respectively. In Lausanne she finished clear ahead of Shamier Little and Dalilah Muhammad, while in Zürich Bol held off Little again.[20] Having skipped USA's Prefontaine Classic in Eugene and ran 400m flat at the Meeting de Paris, she remained unbeaten in the Diamond race with six wins out of six races.[21] On 14 September, she ended her breakthrough season with yet another meet record at the Galà dei Castelli in Switzerland, staying unbeaten in 11 from her 12 hurdles races of 2021.[22]


Information from World Athletics profile unless otherwise noted. Last updated on 14 September 2021.[3]

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 #2nd all time
400 metres hurdles 52.03 Tokyo, Japan 4 August 2021 AU23R European record #3rd all time[14]
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
European Team Championships, First League Sandnes, Norway 2nd 400 m hurdles 56,97
World Championships Doha, Qatar 22nd (sf) 400 m hurdles 56.37 (PB NU20R h [n 1])
7th 4x400 m 3:27.89 [n 2]
2021 European Indoor Championships Toruń, Poland 1st 400 m 50.63 i EL NR
1st 4x400 m 3:27.15 i EL CR NR
World Relays Chorzów, Poland 4th 4×400 m 3:30.12 [n 3]
8th 4×400 m mixed 3:18.04 NR [n 4]
European Team Championships, First League Cluj-Napoca, Romania 1st 400 m 50.37 CR 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 and titles

National championships

Year Competition Venue Position Event Time
2015 Dutch U18 Championships Breda 1st 400 m 56.14
2016 Dutch U18 Indoor Championships Apeldoorn 1st 400 m 56.74 i
Dutch Indoor Championships Apeldoorn 6th 400 m 55.95 i
Dutch Championships Amsterdam 4th 400 m 55.82
Dutch U18 Championships Breda 1st 400 m 54.95
2017 Dutch Indoor Championships Apeldoorn 6th 400 m 54.47 i
Dutch U20/U18 Indoor Championships, U18 events Apeldoorn 1st 400 m 55.48 i
Dutch U20/U18 Championships, U18 events Vught 1st 400 m 54.39
2018 Dutch U20 Indoor Championships Apeldoorn 1st 400 m 54.93 i
Dutch Indoor Championships Apeldoorn 5th 400 m 54.58 i
Dutch U20 Championships Emmeloord 1st 400 m 54.91
Dutch Championships Utrecht 6th 400 m 54.40
2019 Dutch U20 Indoor Championships Apeldoorn 1st 400 m 54.34 i
Dutch Indoor Championships Apeldoorn 1st 400 m 53.24 i
Dutch U20 Championships Alphen aan den Rijn 1st 400 m hurdles 57.87
2nd 200 m 23.79
Dutch Championships The Hague 7th 200 m 24.41
2020 Dutch Indoor Championships Apeldoorn 2nd 400 m 52.78 i
Dutch Championships Utrecht 3rd 200 m 23.40
2021 Dutch Indoor Championships Apeldoorn 1st 400 m 50.64 i
Dutch Championships Breda 4th 200 m 23.16


Year 200 m Notes 400 m Notes 400 m
Notes 400 mH Notes
2015 56.14 PB (age 15)
2016 25.56 PB 54.95 PB 55.95 i PB
2017 25.18 PB 54.39 PB 54.47 i PB
2018 25.09 PB 54.33 PB 54.58 i
2019 23.79 PB 52.98 PB NU20R 53.24 i PB NU20R 55.32 PB NU20R
2020 23.40 PB 51.13 PB 52.47 i PB 53.79 PB NR
2021 23.16 PB 50.37 PB NR 50.63 i PB NR 52.03 PB AR


  1. ^ In the heats Bol clocked personal best time of 55.32 seconds
  2. ^ Dutch team ran 3:27.40 sec in the heats
  3. ^ Dutch team ran 3:28.40 sec in the heats
  4. ^ Time from the heats; Bol was replaced in the final in which Dutch team clocked 3:21.02 sec


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