The Dutch contribution is an important addition to the event. Our very own world top-level athlete, Dafne Schippers and Churandy Martina, are welcome guests at the FBK Stadium. Athletes from across the world come to Hengelo every year. 

Dafne Schippers

“I love competing in front of a home crowd. Everyone is so incredibly excited and that gives you a huge buzz from the moment you enter the stadium. You know they are there to see you. The fuller it is and the more noise people make, the better it is for me. It just gives me a kick."

Churandy Martina

"Knowing that almost everyone on the stands is cheering for you is something really special. It gives you something extra, a boost to run faster. That is why I love running at the FBK-games."

Ethiopian Trials

Top athletes and fast times guaranteed.

Greats such as Carl Lewis, Sebastian Coe and Haile Gebrselassie have all competed at Hengelo. Gebrselassie even set four world records at Hengelo: in the 5,000 metres, the two-mile event and twice in the 10,000 metres. He was also appointed Honorary Citizen of Hengelo and is even known as ‘Mr Hengelo’.

Global Sports Communication

The list of competitors in the FBK Games is compiled by Global Sports Communication. Ellen van Langen, former Olympic champion in the 800 metres, is responsible for compiling the competitor list.

Athletes interested in competing, should send an e-mail to Ellen van Langen, Global Sports Communication,

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