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Dutch athlete, Dafne Schippers has fired warning shots ahead of next month’s World Championships in Beijing! The reigning European champion over the 100m/200m powered to a National Record (NR) of 10.92s at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday, bringing the 2015 Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games to a perfect climax.

The hepthatlete-turned-sprinter had an impressive run in the heats, leading the pack in 10.99s as Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor followed closely in 11.00s. Home girl Dina Asher-Smith had earlier won Heat 1 with an NR of 10.99s, making her the first British woman to dip inside 11s.

She finished ahead of Moscow 2013 double Silver medallist, Murielle Ahouré who clocked 11.08s. However it was an entirely different ball game in the final as USA’s Jeneba Tarmoh, Asher-Smith and the Ivoirian took off to a brilliant start with Schippers being left at the blocks.

The Dutch record holder’s persistence paid off as she and the Nigerian levelled up with the rest of the field, before overtaking them just before the finishing line and shaving off 0.02s from her former mark.

The outing was not an epoch making one for Okagbare-Ighoteguonor who broke the African Record twice on her way to victory at the 2013 edition of the games. She ran a time of 10.84s in the semis before clocking a blistering 10.79s to win the final. This time around, the Nigerian finished 2nd in 10.98s as Ahoure followed in 3rd place with a time of 11.01s.

Asher-Smith settled for 4th with 11.06s. The rest of the field comprised of five Americans namely Jeneba Tarmoh (11.10s), former Long Jump world champion Tianna Bartoletta (11.12s), Charonda Williams (11.14s), Alexandria Anderson (11.23s) and Shalonda Solomon (11.31s).

Okagbare-Ighoteguonor has posted faster times than Schippers this year, coming with a Season’s Best (SB) of 10.80s which she ran at the Paris Diamond League. The mark is just 0.01s shy of her Personal Best (PB) and puts her on No.3 in the current world rankings. She would need to go faster if she is to get to the podium in Beijing next month.

The Commonwealth 100m/200m has already secured World Championships medals in the 200m/Long Jump, and will be looking forward to adding laurels in the 100m. She will also be gunning for her 7th national title as the Nigerian Trials take centre stage in Warri this weekend. Here’s a review of other events on Day 2 of the London Diamond League!

(Photo Credit: EFE)
(Photo Credit: EFE)

Yemi Galadima is a Senior Sportswriter and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the African Athletics Championships, African Games, Olympics and World Athletics Championships. She also freelances for World Athletics.


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