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Schippers retains world 200 metres title
August 11, 2017 / 9:12 PM / in 2 months

Schippers retains world 200 metres title

Athletics - World Athletics Championships - Women's 200 Metre Final - London Stadium, London, Britain – August 11, 2017. Dafne Schippers of Netherlands celebrates after winning gold. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

LONDON (Reuters) - Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands retained her world 200 metres title with a dominant display 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 200 and Tori Bowie pulling out after winning the 100, 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 overhaul 21-year-old home hope Dina Asher-Smith in 22.15

Editing by Ed Osmond

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