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Schippers retains 200m title

Sunday, August 13, 2017

LONDON - Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands retained her world 200 metres title with a dominant display on Friday, leaving Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast to settle for another hair's breadth silver.

With Olympic champion Elaine Thompson opting not to race the 200 and Tori Bowie pulling out after winning the 100, things had looked easier for Schippers but she had to use every inch of her strength to hold off Ta Lou and win in 22.05 seconds.

The Ivorian had lost the 100m final by one hundredth of a second after failing to dip on the line and though she did lean this time she was just behind Schippers in 22.08, still a national record.

Shaunae Miller-Uibo, who stumbled in sight of gold and slipped to fifth in the 400m final, this time produced a barnstorming last 30 metres to overhaul 21-year-old home hope Dina Asher-Smith in 22.15

Meanwhile American Brittney Reese claimed her fourth world long jump title on Friday after a tense, tight contest in which only six centimetres separated the top four competitors.

Darya Klishina, competing as a neutral athlete after the Russian federation was banned over state-sponsored doping, took silver for her first medal at a major finals after jumping seven metres for the first time in six years.

Titleholder and Olympic champion Tianna Bartoletta won bronze, squeezing on to the podium with her last jump ahead of Serbia's Ivana Spanovic who missed out on a medal at a global finals for the first time since 2013.

Reese won with a leap of 7.02 metres on her third attempt and had to endure a nerve-wracking finale after receiving a red flag on her next three jumps.

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