Dafne Schippers (6) on way to winning the women's 200m final ahead of Elaine Thompson of Jamaica (right) during the 15th IAAF World Championships in Beijing.
Beijing - Dutch wins world 200 metres gold with an electrifying run
Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers smashed a European record which has stood since the 1970s as she won world 200m gold with an electrifying run on Friday.
The 100m silver-medallist ran 21.63sec, the fourth fastest time in history, as she lunged at the line to beat Jamaica's Elaine Thompson, who clocked a personal best of 21.66sec.
It was a remarkable win for Schippers, 23, who eclipsed the European record of 21.71sec set by Marita Koch in 1979 and matched by fellow East German Heike Drechsler in 1986.
Only Americans Marion Jones and world record-holder Florence Griffith-Joyner have run the 200m faster than Schippers, who won hepathlon bronze at the Moscow worlds two years ago. Two-time Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown, who previously won the world title in Daegu in 2011, claimed bronze in 21.97sec at Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium.
With Thompson on her inside, Schippers was chasing shadows coming off the bend in lane six and realising the Jamaican was marginally ahead of her, the Dutch athlete plugged away down the final straight.
Schippers caught the Jamaican and produced a savage dip at the line for victory before celebrating with family members in the stands. Meanwhile, Ashton Eaton, coming back after a two-year absence, needed only 10.23 seconds to establish himself again as the favourite to win the decathlon. That's how long it took the American to run the 100 metres in a championship decathlon record on Friday at the start of the two-day competition.
And at the end of the first day, he set a world decathlon record over the 400 metres to show he is in shape to challenge the overall world record in the 10-event discipline on Saturday.
He finished the 400 in 45.00 seconds, slashing .68 seconds off the mark he shared with 1968 Olympic champion Bill Toomey.
Eaton also won the long jump with a leap of 7.88 metres, and then had good showings in the shot put and high jump to put him in a dominating position after five events.
Eaton leads with 4,703 points, 173 points more than Damian Warner of Canada. Tianna Bartoletta won her second long jump world title, 10 years after her first.
The American took the lead for the first time in the final when she jumped 7.14 metres with her last attempt.
Meanwhile, twice former champion Trey Hardee withdrew from the decathlon at the world championships on Friday with a back injury, dealing another blow to US hopes of topping the medals table in Beijing.
The 2009 and 2011 gold medallist injured his left lower back on his final attempt in the long jump, the second event of the two-day competition. He made two attempts in the shot put but withdrew after throwing a subpar 10.20 metres.
August 29, 2015
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Dafne Schippers (6) on way to winning the women’s 200m final ahead of Elaine Thompson of Jamaica (right) during the 15th IAAF World Championships in Beijing. — Reuters