Dafne Schippers retains 100m title at European championships

Dafne Schippers wins the European 100m title. Photo: Reuters
Dafne Schippers wins the European 100m title. Photo: Reuters

The Netherlands’ Dafne Schippers successfully defended her 100m title at the European athletics championships in Amsterdam on Friday evening.

The 24-year-old took the title in a time of 10.91 and is considered a favourite for a 100m medal at the Olympic Games in Rio in August. She had also been defending European 200m champion but decided not to compete in that distance in Amsterdam.

Earlier in the day there was disappointment for Churandy Martina when he was disqualified from the 200m after first winning the race.

Martina, who won the 100m title on Wednesday, was disqualified for crossing the white line on the bend. ‘I’m not sure if I did because I have not seen a rerun,’ Martina told broadcaster NOS. ‘But if it is true then it is an unpleasant end to a good day, but rules are rules.’

Heptathlon

In other events at the European championships, Dutchman Lee Marvin Bonevacia took the bronze medal in the men’s 400m. That race was won by Britain’s Martyn Rooney.

After four events, Anouk Vetter is currently leading in the heptathlon, with a margin of almost 100 points over France’s Antoinette Nana Djimou.

Meanwhile, favourite Sifan Hassan has qualified for Sunday’s 1,500m final.

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