Athletics-Dutch runner Bol races to another world indoor 400 record

Athletics - World Athletics Championship - Women's 400m Hurdles Final - National Athletics Centre, Budapest, Hungary - August 24, 2023 Netherlands' Femke Bol crosses the finish line to win the Women's 400m Hurdles REUTERS/Dylan Martinez/File Photo

(Reuters) - Two-time world champion Femke Bol lowered her own world record in the indoor 400 metres at the Dutch national championships in Apeldoorn on Sunday.

The 23-year-old, who raced to gold in the 400m hurdles and 4x400 relay at the world championships last year in Budapest, clocked a time of 49.24 seconds, shaving two-hundredths of a second off her previous record set on the same track a year earlier.

Bol also dipped under the 50-second barrier indoors for the sixth time in her career.

"I never get used to it, especially with all these people cheering on home soil," Bol told reporters. "It's a dream come true to run another world record and it's wonderful to have all these Dutch fans enjoying the most beautiful sport in the world."

Bol will seek her first world indoor title in Glasgow next month.

(Reporting by Lori Ewing; editing by Clare Fallon)

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