Tuesday 07 July 2020

Dafne Schippers wins 200 metres gold at world championships

Dafne Schippers of Netherlands celebrates winning the women's 200 metres final during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in BeijingDutch sprinter Dafne Schippers won the gold medal in the 200 metres at the world championships in Beijing on Friday afternoon.

Schippers, who is 23, took the world title in 21.63 seconds, setting a new European record in the process. Silver went to Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson. Schippers’ time is the third fastest ever run by a woman and she is the first Dutch woman ever to win a world athletics title.

Earlier this week, Schippers took silver in the 100 metres. Two years ago, she took bronze in the heptathlon but quit that event earlier this year to focus on sprinting.

‘Schippers took it to a whole other level. We knew she had the strength, we knew that would be telling over the 200m and she has claimed that crown,’ former British sprinter Darren Campbell told the BBC.

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