ATHLETICS

Schippers keeps world 200m title

Schippers keeps world 200m title
Dafne Schippers retains her world 200m title with a dominant display at World Athletics Championships.

Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands retained her world 200m title with a dominant display at World Athletics Championships on Friday, leaving Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast to settle for another hair's breadth silver.

With Olympic champion Elaine Thompson opting not to race the 200m and Tori Bowie pulling out after winning the 100m, things had looked easier for Schippers but she had to use every inch of her strength to hold off Ta Lou and win in 22.05 seconds.

The Ivorian had lost the 100m final by one hundredth of a second after failing to dip on the line and though she did lean this time she was just behind Schippers in 22.08, still a national record.

Shaunae Miller-Uibo, who stumbled in sight of gold and slipped to fifth in the 400m final, this time produced a barnstorming last 30 metres to claim the bronze in 22.15.

Reuters