The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Dutch courage locks in record

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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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