Dafne Schippers (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdɑfnə ˈsxɪpərs]; born 15 June 1992) is a Dutch track and field athlete. She competes primarily in the sprints, having previously participated in the heptathlon. She is the 2015 and 2017 World Champion and won silver at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the 200 metres.
Schippers at the 2014 European Athletics Championships
15 June 1992|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||68 kg (150 lb)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|Achievements and titles|
100 m: 10.81 NR (2015)|
200 m: 21.63 AR (2015)
800 m: 2:08.59 (2014)
Schippers originally competed in the heptathlon and won gold medals at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics and 2011 European Athletics Junior Championships. At the 2010 World Junior Championships she also won a bronze in the 4 x 100 meters relay with her team mates Loreanne Kuhurima, Eva Lubbers and Jamile Samuel. 
In 2011 at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, she broke the Dutch national record in the 200 m in the heats in 22.69, before finishing 9th in the semifinals, missing the final by 0.04 seconds. The 4 x 100 meter relay team (Kadene Vassell, Schippers, Anouk Hagen and Samuel) were eliminated in the heats in a national record of 43.44.
In 2012, she was invited to participate at the prestigious heptathlon Hypo-Meeting in Götzis (Austria), where she finished 5th. She also competed at the 2012 European Athletics Championships in Helsinki (Finland). She finished 5th at the 200 meters. The race was disappointing after She had won her heat in 23.01 and recorded the fastest semi-final time of 22.70. The Dutch 4x100 meters relay team (Kadene Vassell, Schippers, Eva Lubbers and Samuel), were second in 42.80, a national record, behind the German team.
A year later, she started with a third place at the Hypo-Meeting, with 6287 points. Next, she won gold in the 100 m and bronze in the long jump at the 2013 European Athletics U23 Championships. At the subsequent 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Schippers won the bronze medal in the heptathlon, collapsing over the line after taking a massive seven seconds off her personal best in the 800 metres to see off Briton Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Germany's Claudia Rath for the bronze. She became the first Dutch woman to win a medal in the hepthatlon at the World Athletics 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. She finished third at the hepthatlon with 6545 points, a new national record. At the European championships of 2014 Schippers won gold medals in the 100 m and the 200 m. The 4x100 meters relay team, one of the favourites for the title, did not finish in the final due to a botched first baton change.
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. 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 (China) and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
The 2015 season had started well with a win in the 60 m at the 2015 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Prague (Czech Republic). At the 2015 World Championships in Beijing Schippers won the silver medal in the 100 m and gold in the 200 m, just before Elaine Thompson. 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.  The Dutch 4x100 meters relay team (Nadine Visser, Schippers, Naomi Sedney and Samuel) finished 5th in 42.32, but was disqualified for a changeover infringement. In the heats the team had also run 42.32, a new national record.
She won the 100 m at the 2016 European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam in 10.90, by 3 tenths of a second. The Dutch team led by Schippers, with Samuel, Tessa van Schagen and anchor runner Naomi Sedney won the 4x100 meters relay with a national record of 42.04.
At the 2016 Summer Olympics she was expected to add an Olympic title to the gold medal at the 2015 World Championships, following in the footsteps of Fanny Blankers-Koen who had dominated the sprint events at the 1948 Summer Olympic Games, winning four golds. However, she finished fifth in the 100 m final, and won the silver medal in the 200 m behind Elaine Thompson who became the first woman for 28 years to complete the Olympic sprint double. After defeat in the 200 m, Schippers outed her instantaneous emotions to reporters. “I came here for gold,” she said, disappointment showing in her face. “I’m not happy with the silver.” The Dutch relay team was eliminated in the heats due to a botched relay handover between Samuel and Schippers.
At the 2017 World Championships in Athletics in London, she defended her world title in the 200m, after winning the bronze in the 100m, joining Jamaican Merlene Ottey and USA’s Allyson Felix as the only athletes to successfully defend a world title in the event. The Dutch 4 x 100 m relay team (Madiea Ghafoor, Schippers, Sedney, Samuel) finished 8th.
The Dafne Schippersbrug (Dafne Schippers Bridge) in Utrecht, where Schippers grew up, was opened in April 2017, and named in her honour.
|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|
|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)|
|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|
|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|
|9th (h)||4 × 100 m relay||42.88|
|2017||IAAF World Relays||Nassau, Bahamas||4th||4 × 100 m relay||43.11|
|World Championships||London, United Kingdom||3rd||100 m||10.96|
|8th||4 × 100 m relay||43.07|
|2018||World Indoor Championships||Birmingham, United Kingdom||5th||60 m||7.10|
| Women's 200m European record holder
28 August 2015 – present
| Women's European Athlete of the Year
| Dutch Sportswoman of the Year