Femke Bol, the renowned athlete from the Netherlands, has affirmed her participation in the forthcoming Roma 2024 European Athletics Championships, where she will strive to retain her crown in the women’s 400m hurdles. Scheduled to unfold from June 7th to 12th, these championships mark a significant event in the world of track and field.

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Following her remarkable triumph at the Munich 2022 European Athletics Championships, where she secured gold in the 400m flat, 400m hurdles, and 4x400m relay events, Bol’s athletic journey has been characterized by an upward trajectory. Last year, she continued her winning streak by claiming the women’s 400m hurdles title at the Budapest 2023 World Athletics Championships, followed by a memorable performance as the anchor for the Dutch team, clinching the 4x400m relay gold.

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Bol’s dominance extended to indoor competitions, where she shattered her own 400m short track world record, clocking in at an impressive 49.17 seconds to clinch gold at the World Indoor Championships in Glasgow this March. Once again, she showcased her exceptional talent by anchoring the Netherlands to victory in the 4x400m relay.

Recognized as one of the brightest stars in contemporary athletics, Bol’s participation in the upcoming championships is eagerly anticipated, promising to elevate the excitement surrounding the event. Bol herself shares in the anticipation, expressing her enthusiasm for the upcoming competition and reminiscing fondly about her past experiences in Rome.


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“I’m really looking forward to it,” she remarked. “I always love Rome. I had one of my first Diamond Leagues there during COVID times. Despite limited spectators, the grandeur of the stadium left a lasting impression.”

Bol also reflected on the passionate atmosphere generated by Italian fans, particularly during events like high jump, where local hero Gianmarco Tamberi garnered overwhelming support.

With the Paris Olympic Games on the horizon, Bol has opted to focus her efforts on defending her title in the women’s 400m hurdles, foregoing the daunting challenge of competing in both the flat and hurdles events as she did previously. Nonetheless, she embraces the pressure of defending her title, acknowledging the expectations that accompany her status as a top-tier athlete in the sport.