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Netherlands' Femke Bol celebrates after winning the women's 400 meters race and beating a 41-year-old World Record. Image Credit: AFP

Paris: Dutch runner Femke Bol set a new world record in the women's indoor 400m on Sunday with a time of 49.26sec which broke the old mark set 41 years ago.

The 22-year-old, competing at the Dutch national championships in Apeldoorn, bettered the 49.59sec set by Czech runner Jarmila Kratochvilova in March 1982.

Bol, a world and Olympic 400m hurdles medallist, had also set a world best of 36.86sec in the rarely-run 300m hurdles in Ostrava last year.