Femke Bol got the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston off to a compelling start as she set a women's 500m world best of 1min 5.63sec ©Getty Images

Femke Bol got the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston off to a compelling start as she set a women's 500 metres world best of 1min 5.63sec.

The 22-year-old Dutch runner, who has Olympic bronze and world silver medals at 400m hurdles, ran with inexorable commitment in the second World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting of the season, making its debut appearance at the TRACK at New Balance in Brighton, Massachusetts.

She eclipsed the 17-year-old mark of 1:06.31 to finish almost three seconds clear of Jamaica’s Leah Anderson, who recorded a national record of 1:08.34.

The United States' double world 200m champion Noah Lyles, who is targeting Usain Bolt's world record of 19.19sec this year, made it clear after an exhilarating 60m victory that Bolt’s 100m world record of 9.58 is also on his wishlist.

Lyles was beaten off the line by short-sprint specialist Trayvon Bromell, the 2016 world indoor champion, but made up ground to beat his fellow American on the line by two thousandths of a second, with both clocking 6.51.

"I’ve been waiting on this for a long time," Lyles said after his personal best performance.

"To see me get closer to 6.40… every time I watched Christian (coleman) and Trayvon run this in 6.50, then I thought, 'No - I’ve got to be in it.'

"This is my journey to the 100."

Lyles, who set a national record of 19.31 in retaining his world title in Oregon last summer, made it clear he was looking at an outdoor 100/200m double at this summer’s World Athletics Championships in Budapest, adding: "We’re not just going for the 200m world record, we’re going for all the world records…”

Bridget Williams produced the surprise performance of the evening as she added six centimetres to her personal best to clear a winning height of 4.77m in a women’s pole vault that included her fellow American Katie Moon (nee Nageotte ), the Olympic and world champion, and Greece's Rio 2016 champion Katerina Stefanidi.  

Home runner Grant Holloway, the double world 110m hurdles champion, maintained an extraordinary unbeaten run over 60m hurdles that goes back to 2014, when he was 16, getting away best and finishing strongly to clock 7.38sec, the fastest time run this season.

Elsewhere in the programme, home athlete Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone, who beat Bol into second place in last year's World Athletics Championships 400m hurdles final - reducing her own world record to an astonishing 50.68sec in the process - was testing herself in the unfamiliar territory of the women’s 60 metres.

A time of 7.33 meant she missed qualifying for the final by one place, although she did have the satisfaction of finishing one place ahead of the world 200m champion, Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson, who clocked 7.34.

Aleia Hobbs won the final in 7.02, from fellow American Mikiah Brisco, who clocked 7.10.

Britain’s Laura Muir got her season off to a winning start in the 3,000m, where she moved clear of all but fellow Briton Melissa Courtney-Bryant by the halfway point before coming home in 8min 40.34sec, with her compatriot second in 8:41.09.

Britain’s Neil Gourley beat New Zealand’s long-time leader Sam Tanner on the line to win the men’s mile by one hundredth of a second in 3min 52.84sec, a personal best and the fastest time run this season.

Harvard University-educated home athlete Gabby Thomas, the Olympic 200m bronze medallist, rounded off the meeting by winning the 300m in 36.31.