Dafne Schippers

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Dafne Schippers
Dafne Schippers Zurich 2014 2.jpg
Personal information
Nationality Dutch
Born (1992-06-15) 15 June 1992 (age 24)
Utrecht, Netherlands
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Weight 65 kg (143 lb; 10 st 3 lb)
Country  Netherlands
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Heptathlon

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[edit]

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


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 Atheltics 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.[citation needed]

Schippers won gold medals at the European championships of 2014 in the 100 m and the 200 m.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

She won the 2016 European Athletics Championships – Women's 100 metres before a home crowd in 10.90, winning 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.[7]

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 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)[8]
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[9]
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

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. ^ Schippers: ik kan nog meer, NOS (13 augustus 2014)
  4. ^ Driel, Mark van (14 August 2014). "Lastige keuze Schippers: sprint of meerkamp". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Dafne Schippers to focus on sprint events". Athletics Weekly. 3 June 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "All time best 200 METRES - WOMEN - SENIOR - OUTDOOR". IAAF Records & Lists. IAAF. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  7. ^ Boylan-Pett, Liam (17 August 2016). "Rio 2016: Elaine Thompson wins gold medal in women's 200m run". SB Nation. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "Results: 14th IAAF World Championships". IAAF World Championships. International Association of Athletics Federations. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  9. ^ Did not finish in the final

External links[edit]

Preceded by
East Germany Marita Koch
Women's 200m European Record Holder
28 August 2015 –
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Czech Republic Zuzana Hejnová
Women's European Athlete of the Year
2014, 2015
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Ireen Wüst
Dutch Sportswoman of the Year
Succeeded by