Dafne Schippers

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Dafne Schippers
Dafne Schippers Zurich 2014.jpg
Personal information
Nationality Dutch
Born (1992-06-15) 15 June 1992 (age 23)
Utrecht, Netherlands
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Weight 63 kg (139 lb)
Country  Netherlands
Sport Track and field athletics
Event(s) Heptathlon
60 metres
100 metres
200 metres
long jump
4 × 100m relay

Dafne Schippers (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdɑfnə ˈsxɪpərs]; born 15 June 1992) is a Dutch athlete competing in heptathlon and the sprints.

Early life[edit]

Dafne Schippers was born on 15 June 1992 in the city of Utrecht in the Netherlands.[1][2] At age 9, she started doing athletics.[1]


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

In 2011 in Daegu she broke the Dutch national record in the 200 m. She is co-record holder in the 4 × 100 m relay. She improved the 200 m record during the 2014 edition of the heptathlon at the Hypo-Meeting in Götzis, her time of 22.35 being one of the best 200m performances ever in a heptathlon.[citation needed] Her success at the 2014 European Athletics Championships, where she completed the sprint double, prompted discussion over her long-term prospects and whether she should focus on sprinting or continue her career in heptathlon.[3] 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.[4]

Competition record[edit]

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 4x100 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) 4x100 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 4x100 m relay 42.80 (NR)
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 6th 4x100 m relay 42.70
12th 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: -0.7m/s)
4th 4x100 m relay 44.18
3rd Long jump 6.59 m (wind: +1.6m/s)
World Championships Moscow, Russia 3rd Heptathlon 6477 pts (NR)[5]
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) 4x100 m relay 42.77[6]
2015 European Indoor Championships Prague, Czech Republic 1st 60 m 7.05

Personal bests[edit]

Schippers setting a national record on the 200 metres in Zürich in 2014
Schippers after winning the 60 metres in Prague in 2015




  1. ^ a b (Dutch) Biografie, Homepage Daphne Schippers. Retrieved on 3 June 2015.
  2. ^ Athlete Profile - Dafne Schippers, IAAF. Retrieved on 3 June 2015.
  3. ^ Driel, Mark van (14 August 2014). "Lastige keuze Schippers: sprint of meerkamp". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Dafne Schippers to focus on sprint events". Athletics Weekly. 3 June 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Results: 14th IAAF World Championships". IAAF World Championships. International Association of Athletics Federations. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Did not finish in the final

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Zuzana Hejnová
Women's European Athlete of the Year
Succeeded by