Minutes after Mohamed Katir’s silver in the 5,000 meters, the last test of the World Athletics Championships in Budapest has allowed Femke Bol to completely redeem itself with a spectacular comeback that seemed impossible to give the Netherlands gold in the women’s 4×400 meter relay when it seemed impossible.
It has not been an easy championship for this sensational four-centista in a very long season in which, at the end of February, she destroyed with 49.26 the historic European record of 400 on the indoor track that had been held by the Czechoslovakian Jarmila Kratochvilova since 1982 by 33 hundredths.
Gold in the European past in 400 smooth, 400 hurdles and 4×400, the third classified in 400 hurdles in the past Olympic Games arrived in Budapest with the aim of hanging three golds and more without the presence of the universal record holder of the low hurdles, the American Sydney McLaughlin.
Everything should have started on the first day with the mixed 4×400 relay and the truth is that Bol received the baton from the twenty-year-old Klein Ikkink in first position and on the counter kick he was five meters ahead of the American Alexis Holmes… but he was losing advantage , twitched on the straight and he went to the ground almost in the squares, letting the witness escape. The Netherlands was disqualified and the one from Amersfort, only 23 years old, left with her head bowed.
The Dutch woman dominated the 400 meter hurdles with enormous authority and at the closing of the World Cups he made the last post in the women’s 4×400 meters. She received the baton in third position and at the start of the final stretch she was four meters behind Great Britain and ten meters from Jamaica. Bol hunted down the British, but Stacey Ann Williams was a world away. She did not give up and at the same goal she took first position (3: 20.72), 16 seconds less than the Caribbean.
Thus, the big star ‘oranje’ he left Budapest with a very good taste in his mouth and having become the great protagonist of the celebration, she gave away the quartet from the Netherlands. they had achieved the impossible, but it is that Femke Bol does not seem from this planet.
The other protagonist of the day was the Indian Neeraj Choprawho arrived with the best mark of the year at the javelin throw final and ended up clearly prevailing with 88.87, followed closely by the surprising Pakistani Arshad Nadeen (87.82) and by the Czech Jakub Vadlech (86, 67).
The internationalization of the men’s javelin is curious, who saw the Kenyan Julius Yego win at the Beijing World Cup in 15 and who in 2019 and 2022 experienced the victory of Anderson Peters from Granada (from the Caribbean island). In addition, in the London’12 Games the Trinidadian Keshorn Walcott won and in Tokyo Chopra also prevailed.
To complete the final day at the National Athletics Center, the Ukrainian Yaroslava Mahuchikh in height (2.01 m), the Bahraini Winfred Mutile Yavi in 3,000 hurdles (8:54.29) and the Kenyan Mary Moraa in 800 with 1:56.03, 31 hundredths less than the brilliant British Keely Hodgkinson with US Olympic champion Athing Mu relegated to third in 1:56.61.