The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Dutch courage locks in record


DUTCH sprinter Dafne Schip­pers smashed a Euro­pean record which has stood since the 1970s as she won world 200m gold yesterday.

The 100m sil­ver medal­list ran 21.63sec, the third-fastest time in history, as she lunged at the line in the world cham­pi­onships to pip Ja­maica’s Elaine Thompson, who had a per­sonal best of 21.66sec.

It was a re­mark­able win for Schip­pers (pic­tured), 23, who eclipsed the Euro­pean record of 21.71sec set by Marita Koch in 1979 and matched by fel­low East Ger­man Heike Drech­sler in 1986.

Only Amer­i­cans Mar­ion Jones and world record-holder Florence Grif­fith-Joyner have run the 200m faster than Schip­pers, who won hep­tathlon bronze at the Moscow worlds two years ago. Twotime Olympic cham­pion Veron­ica Camp­bell-Brown, who pre­vi­ously won the world ti­tle in Daegu, South Korea, in 2011, claimed bronze in 21.97sec at Bei­jing’s Bird’s Nest sta­dium.

With Thompson on her in­side, Schip­pers was chas­ing shad­ows com­ing off the bend in lane six and re­al­is­ing the Ja­maican was marginally in front of her, the Dutch ath­lete plugged away down the fi­nal straight.

Schip­pers caught the Ja­maican and pro­duced a sav­age dip at the line.

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