QUEEN SCHIP­PERS RE­TAINS 200M TI­TLE

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London, UK - Dutch sprinter Dafne Schip­pers held on to re­tain her world 200m ti­tle on Fri­day as the US had an­other night to savour at the London Sta­dium and two ex­pe­ri­enced cam­paign­ers claimed more gold.

Schip­pers, who won bronze in the 100m, roared off the bend into the fi­nal straight and looked as if she would coast safely home. But the Dutch­woman be­gan to tie up and only a sav­age dip at the line that saw her clock 22.05 sec­onds edged her past Ivo­rian Marie-Josee

Ta Lou by just three-hun­dredths of a sec­ond. It was Ta

Lou's sec­ond sil­ver af­ter her ef­forts in the 100m won by Amer­i­can Tori Bowie, ab­sent from the 200.

"I fought for that," said Schip­pers, who won 200m sil­ver in the Rio Olympics. "I have worked so hard this year so I am so happy. It's so cool. Two times in a row is very spe­cial too.

"It was very im­por­tant to win. I worked so hard in the last years and last year was not the eas­i­est for me. I changed ev­ery­thing and got a new coach, so I'm very happy.

"It's great, es­pe­cially with a gold medal, I am very pleased. My se­cret is en­joy­ing the sport and en­joy­ing my rac­ing. I feel a lit­tle bit ner­vous start­ing out, but I'm a fi­nal run­ner and I'm grate­ful for the ex­pe­ri­ence now it's over."

Shau­nae Miller-Uibo of the Ba­hamas, who in the space of 20m 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 150m strongly for a first Amer­i­can steeple­chase gold in a championships record nine min­utes 02.58 sec­onds, with team-mate Court­ney Frerichs tak­ing sil­ver ahead of Kenya's de­fend­ing cham­pion Hyvin Jep­ke­moi.

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 7.02m.

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

"I waited for this com­pe­ti­tion at this sta­dium for five years so it was very im­por­tant for me to get this re­venge for the Olympics in here," said Fa­jdek, who failed to qual­ify for both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic fi­nals.

"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.

(AFP)

Dafne Schip­pers (cen­tre) wins the fi­nal of the women's 200m race in London, UK, on Fri­day

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