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Who is Dafne Schippers?

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Track Beginnings 

Born June 15, 1992 in Utrecht, Netherlands. She was known primarily as a heptathlete until 2015, when she decided to focus on sprinting exclusively.

Major Competitions/Medals 

Schippers emerged as a sprinting sensation at the 2015 World Championships when she claimed the 200m gold medal and 100m silver medal. 

As a heptathlete, she earned the bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships and finished 12th at the 2012 London Olympics. 

Breakout Moment

2015 World Championships. Her time in the 100m, 10.81 seconds, set a national record. Her 200m time, 21.63 seconds, broke the European record. She was named one of three finalists for the 2015 IAAF Athlete of the Year award.


At 5’10”, she is considered very tall for a sprinter. She is more than six inches taller than Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

Her nickname is the “Flying Dutchwoman.”

Top Quotes 

“Now I’m a sprinter. I’m sure.” – Schippers to BBC Radio at the 2015 World Championships 

Olympic Experience

2012: No medals

Outside the Track

Schippers hosts a food blog on her official website. She posts pictures and recipes with healthy ingredients.

Social Media

Facebook: dafneschippersfanpage

Twitter: dafneschippers

Instagram: dafnelikes


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