Femke Bol convincingly won the 400 meters hurdles at the FBK Games on Monday. In the shot put, Jessica Schilder improved her own Dutch record, while Dafne Schippers finished fifth in the 100 meters.
With a time of 53.94 seconds, 22-year-old Bol recorded the fastest 400 meter hurdles ever in Hengelo. De Amersfoortse ran her first 400 hurdles of the season in the Fanny Blankers-Koen Stadium and made a strong impression, especially in the first part of the race.
Thanks to that strong opening, Bol had little to fear from the competition. Anna Rizhikova from Ukraine finished second in 55.62, just a block away. Britain’s Jessie Knight was third with 55.81.
Bol showed her form last week in Ostrava on the unusual 300 meter hurdles. With a time of 36.86 seconds she took almost 1.5 seconds off the world record in this distance in the Czech Republic.
Bol’s main goal during the FBK Games was to gain competition rhythm. The Dutchman has already met the limits for the World Cup in the American Eugene (July) and the European Championship in Munich (August).
Jessica Schilder sharpened her own Dutch record in Hengelo.
Shot putter Schilder sharpens own record
Painter sharpened her Dutch record outdoor shot put in Hengelo. Her best distance was 18.89 meters before she made her first shot in Hengelo. All five of her attempts in the ring in Hengelo went over that distance, with 19.17 as the outlier.
With that distance, 23-year-old Schilder finished in fourth place. American Chase Ealey won with a try of 19.98. The Portuguese Auriol Dongmo came to 19.68 and was second. Canadian Sarah Mitton recorded 19.24.
Schilder already surprised this winter with a bronze medal at the World Indoor Championships in a Dutch record of 19.48. Dongmo (gold) and Ealey (silver) were also better then. The Dutchman hopes to peak this summer at the World Cup in Eugene and the European Championship in Munich and to knock over 20 meters there.
Dafne Schippers ran her first international competition since the Games.
Supporting roles for returned Visser and Schippers
Schippers ran her first international competition since the Olympic Games in August at the FBK Games. The Utrecht grip in Tokyo on both the 200 and the 4×100 meter relay in addition to the medals. A week and a half ago she made her comeback at a national competition in Vught.
The 29-year-old Schippers ran on a track very wet due to the rain to a time of 11.40, good for fifth place. The win on the king’s number went to the British Daryll Neita, who scored 11.19.
In the 100 meters hurdles, Nadine Visser ran to a time of 12.95 in her first game of the outdoor season. The part was won by Brittany Anderson. The Jamaican scored 12.51 and left world champion Nia Ali behind.
Visser remained with her time still above the limit of 12.84 for the World Cup. The hurdler sustained a tear in her hamstring during the Dutch National Championships indoor in February and has since taken the time to properly rehabilitate.