World champion Femke Bol revealed that she is targeting another golden hat-trick at the 2024 European Athletics Championships.

The 24-year-old roared to victory in the women's 400m, 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay at the 2022 event and has since added a multitude of world titles to her name.

Bol might not be defending her 400m flat title in Rome but the Dutch athlete admitted that she is still hungry for another taste of triple gold, with a wider relays focus resting on her mind.

"This year, I will be racing in both relays and defending my 400m hurdles," she said.

"I’m really excited to get out there as a team and then alone.

"For the Olympics, the relays are really important for us, we are world champions on the women’s side. I am looking forward to the whole season."

The Netherlands has become a dominant force over the 400m distance in recent years, the women winning world silver in 2022 and going one step further to take the crown at Budapest last summer.

Bol is a big part of their success, a consistent anchor on the relay and a name that many on the start line fear.

The second-fastest woman of all time over 400m hurdles, with a European record of 51.45 seconds, Bol has gone from strength to strength in recent years but noted that she doesn't take much notice of any external pressure placed on her by being favourite.

“There are a lot of benefits of going in as favourite but it also brings more pressure," she said.

"People expect a lot from you and it’s important to know what my own expectations are and what I expect from a race.

"I just have to focus on my own best race as you never know what someone else will do, they could run the race of their life. I just have to focus on myself."

Bol opened her outdoor season with Stockholm Diamond League victory, clocking a time of 53.07 seconds in the 400m hurdles.

And with the clock ticking down until the Paris 2024 Olympics, she revealed that Rome 2024 is the perfect opportunity to get in some major race practice ahead of her second Games.

“This is a stepping stone towards the Olympics," she added.

"Hurdle races always feel a bit different at big Championships, I will have two more races in my legs to prepare for the Olympics but first of all I will enjoy this European Championships.

“I feel good, I’ve had a great indoor season and I was happy to get my season started in the way it started Stockholm.

"My shape won’t change a lot in a week so I’m still feeling good.

"I just want to execute my race as well as possible and see where that brings me."

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