12 Aug 2017 - 1:21
Schippers retains world crown in 200m
London: Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands successfully defended her 200-meter title at the world championships yesterday, dipping at the line just ahead of Marie-Josee Ta Lou.
Shaunae Miller-Uibo, the 400 Olympic champion, took bronze.
Schippers came out of the bend just ahead of Ta Lou and finished in 20.05 seconds. Ta Lou set an Ivory Coast record of 22.08, while Miller-Uibo crossed in 22.15.
Ta Lou has twice been edged at the line. She settled for silver in the 100 behind Tori Bowie. Schippers got bronze in that race.
Earlier, Pawel Fajdek of Poland won his third straight hammer throw world title.Valeriy Pronkin of Russia, competing as a neutral athlete because of his nation’s doping suspension, took silver ahead of Wojciech Nowicki of Poland.
Fajdek won with a throw of 79.81 meters. Pronkin got silver at 78.16 on his last throw, while Nowicki secured bronze with a throw of 78.03.
Asbel Kiprop stayed on course for a fourth straight world title in the 1,500 meters, coming from way back with a strong final kick to qualify for tomorrow’s final.
Kiprop finished just behind Kenyan teammate Elijah Manangoi to go through as automatic qualifiers. In the second semifinal heat, Kenya got a third runner to go through when Timothy Cheruiyot finished second behind Jakub Holusa of the Czech Republic.
Today, Qatar’s Ahmed Budair will compete in the men’s javelin throw final.
Budair, who won the World Champion for Youth last year, displayed one of his best performances to reach a distance of 83.83, finishing third in Group A in the qualifying round on Thursday.