Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers announces the end of her career

By Le Figaro with AFP

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Dafne Schippers at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021. Thomas Bakker / Proshots / Panoramic

Reduced by back injuries, the double world champion in the 200m stops at 31 years old.

The Dutch Dafne Schippers, double world champion in the 200m, announced on Tuesday that she was ending her career at the age of 31, having been diminished for several years by back injuries.

“The race stops here, it’s time to explore other paths”wrote on social networks the one who won world gold in 2015 in Beijing then in 2017 in London.

The native of Utrecht, initially a specialist in combined events (with a bronze medal in the heptathlon at the Moscow World Championships in 2013) also became Olympic vice-champion in the 200m in Rio in 2016. She still holds the record European distance in 21 seconds 63/100 established on August 28, 2015 in Beijing.

Her last notable performances (notably a silver medal in the 60m at the Euro indoors in Glasgow) date back to 2019, the year when, bothered by physical problems, she gave up defending her 200m title at the World Championships in Doha. .

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