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Dafne Schippers

Dafne Schippers Dutch heptathlete and sprinter

Dutch heptathlete and sprinter
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Dutch heptathlete and sprinter
Is Athlete
From Netherlands
Type Sports
Gender female
Birth 15 June 1992, Utrecht
Age: 27 years
Residence Utrecht
The details
Biography

Dafne Schippers (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdɑfnə ˈsxɪpərs]; born 15 June 1992) is a Dutch athlete, competing in heptathlon and the sprints. She is the 2015 World Champion and winner of 2016 Olympic silver at the 200 metres. She holds the European record of 21.63 seconds and is the third fastest woman of all time at this distance.

Early life

Dafne Schippers was born on 15 June 1992 in the city of Utrecht in the Netherlands. At age 9, she started competing in athletics.

Career

Schippers won gold medals in the heptathlon at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics and 2011 European Athletics Junior Championships. Two years later, she won gold in the 100 m and bronze in the long jump at the 2013 European Athletics U23 Championships.

In 2011 at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, she broke the Dutch national record in the 200 m in the heats before finishing 9th in the semifinals, missing the final by 0.04 seconds. She is co-record holder in the 4 × 100 m relay.

At the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Schippers won the bronze medal in the heptathlon. She became the first Dutch woman to win a medal at the World Athletics Championships.

She improved the 200 m record during the heptathlon at the 2014 Hypo-Meeting in Götzis, her time of 22.35 being one of the best 200 m performances ever in a heptathlon.

Schippers won gold medals at the European championships of 2014 in the 100 m and the 200 m. Her success at the 2014 European Athletics Championships prompted discussion over her long-term prospects and whether she should focus on sprinting, or continue her career in the heptathlon.

In June 2015 Schippers announced via Twitter that she would focus on sprinting in the run-up to the 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Beijing and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

At the World Championships in Beijing Schippers won the silver medal in the 100 m and gold in the 200 m. Her 200 m winning time of 21.63 seconds was a new European record and made her the third fastest woman in history over that distance.

She won the 2016 European Athletics Championships – Women's 100 metres in Amsterdam in 10.90, by 3 tenths of a second. At the 2016 Summer Olympics she won the silver medal in the 200 m and finished fifth in the 100 m final.

Competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  Netherlands
2009 European Junior Championships Novi Sad, Serbia 4th Heptathlon 5507 pts
2010 World Junior Championships Moncton, Canada 3rd 4 × 100 m relay 44.09 (NJR)
1st Heptathlon 5967 pts (NJR)
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 11th (sf) 60 m 7.30
European Junior Championships Tallinn, Estonia 1st Heptathlon 6153 pts
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 9th (sf) 200 m 22.92
9th (h) 4 × 100 m relay 43.44 (NR)
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 10th (sf) 60 m 7.25
European Championships Helsinki, Finland 5th 200 m 23.53
2nd 4 × 100 m relay 42.80 (NR)
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 6th 4 × 100 m relay 42.70
11th Heptathlon 6324 pts
2013 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 4th 60 m 7.14
European U23 Championships Tampere, Finland 1st 100 m 11.13 (wind: -0.7 m/s)
4th 4 × 100 m relay 44.18
3rd Long jump 6.59 m (wind: +1.6 m/s)
World Championships Moscow, Russia 3rd Heptathlon 6477 pts (NR)
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 10th (sf) 60 m 7.18
European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 1st 100 m 11.12
1st 200 m 22.03 (NR)
3rd (h) 4 × 100 m relay 42.77
2015 European Indoor Championships Prague, Czech Republic 1st 60 m 7.05
World Championships Beijing, China 2nd 100 m 10.81 (NR)
1st 200 m 21.63 (NR), (CR), (ER)
4 × 100 m relay DQ
2016 World Indoor Championships Portland, United States 2nd 60 m 7.04
European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 1st 100 m 10.90
1st 4 × 100 m relay 42.04 (NR)
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 5th 100 m 10.90
2nd 200 m 21.88
9th (h) 4 × 100 m relay 42.88

Personal bests

Schippers setting a national record on the 200 metres in Zürich in 2014
Schippers after winning the 60 metres in Prague in 2015
Outdoor
  • 100 metres – 10.81 (-0.3) (Beijing 2015) NR
  • 150 metres – 16,93 (+2.0) (Amsterdam 2013)
  • 200 metres – 21.63 (+0.2) (Beijing 2015) NR, ER, 3rd of all time
  • 800 metres – 2:08.59 (Götzis 2014)
  • 100 metres hurdles – 13.13 (-1.2) (Götzis 2014)
  • High jump – 1.80 m (London 2012)
  • Long jump – 6.78 m (+0.0) (Amsterdam 2014) NR
  • Shot put – 14.66 m (Götzis 2015)
  • Javelin throw – 42.82 m (Lisse 2014)
  • Heptathlon – 6545 pts (Götzis 2014) ex-NR
  • 4 × 100 metres relay – 42.04 (Amsterdam 2016) NR
Indoor
  • 60 metres – 7.00 (Berlin 2016) NR
  • 60 metres hurdles – 8.18 (Apeldoorn 2012)
  • High jump - 1.74 m (Dortmund 2009)
  • Shot put – 13.91 m (Apeldoorn 2012)
  • Long jump – 6.48 m (Apeldoorn 2015)

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