‘QUEEN’ DAFNE

Dutch sprinter beats Ivo­rian Marie-Josee in 200m in a tight fin­ish

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LONDON “It’s great, es­pe­cially with a gold medal, I am very pleased.”

Shau­nae Miller-Uibo of the Ba­hamas, who in the space of 20 me­tres fell from clear leader to fin­ish fourth in the 400m, had the con­so­la­tion of claim­ing bronze in 22.15sec.

For all the ex­cite­ment of the sprint, the most dra­matic race of the evening was the women’s 3000m steeple­chase.

It had ev­ery­thing, from one of the four Kenyans ac­tu­ally run­ning past the first wa­ter jump to a fall to smart tac­ti­cal rac­ing that had the crowd on their feet.

Olympic bronze medal­list Emma Coburn fin­ished the fi­nal 150 me­tres strongly for a first Amer­i­can steeple­chase gold in a championships record 9min 02.58sec, with team-mate Court­ney Frerichs tak­ing sil­ver ahead of Kenya’s de­fend­ing cham­pion Hyvin Jep­ke­moi.

“Oh my good­ness, what a race to be part of!” Emma said.

In the field, Amer­i­can Brit­tney Reese claimed a fourth world ti­tle in the long jump, hav­ing pre­vi­ously won in 2009, 2011 and 2013, and Poland’s Pawel Fa­jdek a third con­sec­u­tive gold in the men’s ham­mer throw.

“It has been an emo­tional few weeks for me af­ter my grand­fa­ther passed away two weeks ago,” said Reese, who won with a best ef­fort of 7.02 me­tres.

In a com­pelling ham­mer com­pe­ti­tion, Fa­jdek de­fended his ti­tle with a best of 79.81 me­tres.

“Three times world cham­pion – I made his­tory, what more could I ex­pect?”

There were also two sil­ver medals for Rus­sian ath­letes com­pet­ing un­der a neu­tral flag as their country’s fed­er­a­tion re­mains banned by the IAAF over a wide­spread state-spon­sored dop­ing pro­gramme.

Dariya Klishina split the Amer­i­cans in the women’s long jump, with vet­eran de­fend­ing cham­pion Tianna Bar­to­letta tak­ing bronze, and Va­leriy Pronkin was sand­wiched in be­tween Fa­jdek and bronze medal win­ner Wo­j­ciech Now­icki in the ham­mer.

“This is my first medal from a world championships, and, for me, it’s my most im­por­tant re­sult,” said Klishina. AFP

AFP PIC

Dafne Schip­pers cel­e­brates win­ning the 200m fi­nal in London on Fri­day.

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