World 400m hurdles silver medallist, Femke Bol broke the World 500m at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix held on Sunday (05) in Boston, United States.
The 22 year-old took on the World Indoor all-time best in a rare 500m of 1:06.31 that was set by Russia’s Olesya Krasnomovets Forsheva in 2006 lowering it with a new world record of 1:05.63
The Olympic bronze medallist, is coming off a very successful 2022 season in which she won two world silver medals in the 400m hurdles and in the 4×400 mixed relay in Eugene and three European gold medals in the 400m, the 400m hurdles, and in the 4×400 relay.
“I thought I was behind the pace. I tried to push hard until the end. I enjoy indoor races. I hoped to get close to the world record, but I have never run the 500 meters. It’s my first indoor race over this distance. You have no idea at the end. You train hard, but you don’t know when you will start competing. I think it’s even faster than we expected. I think running a bit longer is never a bad thing because I hope the 400m will feel a bit easier then. I wanted to go out fast and keep on going. It was amazing. I could hear the crowd in the last 100 meters, which helped me so much. It was fun to do 500 meters to start the season”, said Bol.
Leah Anderson came home in second place with a new Jamaican indoor record of 1:08.34.