The 22-year-old Bol was the first Dutch person ever to break the magical barrier of 50 seconds in the 400 meters. With her 49.75, she beat Lieke Klaver’s Dutch record of 50.18, and her own outdoor PR of 50.37 from 2021.
Jessica Schilder also punches to record distance
Jessica Schilder also lashed out in the shot put. After her bronze medal at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, where she already broke her own Dutch record to 19.77 meters, the 23-year-old Schilder came in her second attempt at 19.84 meters.
Jessica Schilder in action during the Diamond League
Extra clever was that the shot put ring was still wet from the rain that had fallen just before. In the field of six World Cup finalists, Schilder came in second, behind world champion Chase Ealey from America, who won today with 20.38 meters. Painter is a favorite for gold in Munich, where the European Championships will be held in Munich from August 15-21.
Sifan Hassan was finally able to show her splitting final sprint again in the Polish Silesia region. The 29-year-old Dutchman, who will take it a bit easier in 2022 after two tough World Cup and Olympic years, won in the 3000 meters, signed off in 8.39.27. However, the 3000 meters are run much less often in the open air than the 5000 and 10,000 meters. Unlike all the other Dutchmen who started today, Hassan is not going to the European Championship. Nick Smidt (25) managed to improve his personal best by five hundredths of a second in the 400 meter hurdles with 49.07. Both Bol and Schilder are strong trump cards for gold, Bol obviously in her best discipline of the 400 meter hurdles, but who knows, she may combine this with the 400 meter flat, on which she is also a favorite on paper.