Dafne Schippers (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdɑfnə ˈsxɪpərs]; born 15 June 1992) is a Dutch athlete, competing in the sprints and heptathlon. She is the 2015 and 2017 World Champion and winner of 2016 Olympic silver at the 200 metres. She also holds the European record of 21.63 seconds and is the third-fastest woman of all time at this distance.
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.
Schippers won gold medals at the European championships of 2014 in the 100 m and the 200 m. 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.
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.
She won the 2016 European Athletics Championships – Women's 100 metres in Amsterdam in 10.90, 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.
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|
|Women's 200m European record holder
28 August 2015 – present
|Women's European Athlete of the Year
|Dutch Sportswoman of the Year
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