Schippers wins 200 metres. Dina Asher-Smith is fifth

Dutch flier Dafne Schippers pipped Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson by three hundredths of a second to win the women’s 200 metres at the world championships on Friday.

The former heptathlete, who won silver in the 100 metres behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on Monday, surged to the line in 21.63 seconds, the fastest time in 17 years in the half-lap sprint.

 

Thompson took silver in a personal best time of 21.66, while bronze went to her compatriot, twice Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown, who ran 21.97.

Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith finished fifth in a GB record time of 22.07secs.

“I’m absolutely over the moon,” she said. “I’ve run three PBs three days in a row and ended with a 22.07 which is also a British record, so I’m a really, really happy girl.

Dina Asher-Smith of Britain reacts after competing in the women's 200 metres final during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China August 28, 2015
Dina Asher-Smith of Britain reacts after competing in the women’s 200 metres final during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China August 28, 2015 – Reuters

“But to be in a race when two of the girls were running 21.6, I was thinking ‘I know I’m really trying my best but they’re already gone so what on earth is the time going to be’.”

Fraser-Pryce, the 2013 champion, decided against doubling up in Beijing, while the schedule prevented Olympic champion Allyson Felix from running 200m and 400m and she chose the longer race, winning gold on Thursday.