San Francisco Chronicle

Dutch runner breaks 40-year record in 400 meters


APELDOORN, Netherland­s — Femke Bol broke a 40-yearold world indoor record in the women’s 400 meters on Sunday, covering the distance in 49.26 seconds.

Bol was running in front of a home crowd at the Dutch Indoor Championsh­ips in Apeldoorn, Netherland­s.

"When I crossed the line I knew that the record was mine, because of the noise that the crowd made,” Bol said.

The previous record of 49.59 was set by Jarmila Kratochvil­ova on March 7, 1982.

The 22-year-old Bol won bronze at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the 400 hurdles. She also ran a world indoor 500-meter best of 1:05.63 in Boston in her first race of this season.

On Sunday, she got off to a strong start at the Omnisport arena and beat Lieke Klaver, who finished second in 50.34.

“It was because of all the fans here that I ran this record,” Bol said. “Never have I ever seen that many people here."

ELSEWHERE Ex-Cavs big man Love set to sign with Heat

Former Cavaliers big man Kevin Love said Sunday that he will sign with the Miami Heat for the remainder of the season once he clears waivers, a major add for a Miami team that is looking to move up in the Eastern Conference before the postseason begins.

Also Sunday, a person with knowledge of the matter said the Heat are finalizing plans to add another big man in free agent center Cody Zeller, with that deal expected to be completed before the team gathers in Miami to begin practice following the All-Star break.

Winter sports: Greek racer AJ Ginnis finished runner-up to gold medalist Henrik Kristoffer­sen of Norway in the men’s slalom at the Alpine skiing world championsh­ips to earn his country its first medal at a worlds in any Olympic sport on snow or ice.

Ginnis was second after the opening run and held on to his position as he finished 0.20 behind Kristoffer­sen. The Norwegian posted the fastest-second run time as he improved from 16th position.

NHL: The Rangers traded forward Julien Gauthier to the Senators for forward Tyler Motte.

In Sunday’s games, Mikko Rantanen scored with 21 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Avalanche rallied to beat the Oilers in Denver . ... Ryan Hartman scored to put Wild ahead with 21 seconds left to beat the Predators at home . ... Tim Stutzle and Brady Tkachuk had three-point games to lead the Senators to a 7-2 win over the Blues in Ottawa. ... Patrick Kane, the subject of many trade rumors, scored a hat trick to lead the Blackhawks past the Maple Leafs 5-3 at home.

Golf: Jon Rahm returned to No. 1 in the world by winning the Genesis Invitation­al with a performanc­e that left no doubt who’s playing the best golf.

Caught in a battle with hometown favorite Max Homa at Riviera, Rahm delivered two big moments with a 45-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the par-3 14th and then a tee shot to 2 feet for birdie on the par-3 16th.

He closed with a 2-under 69 for a two-shot victory over Homa, finishing at 17-under 267.

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