Dafne Schippers is the best women sprinter in Europe.
That is a fact.
After her victory in Beijing, Dafne Schippers was considered among the very best in the best 200 meter runners in the world.
In Brussels, Dafne Schippers defeated Allyson Felix over 200 meters, another reason to consider this women the Usain Bolt of women’s sprinting. Her tall frame and her speed are perfectly paired to take on the furlong. Her wins in the World Champs and at the Diamond League finals showed her supreme fitness.
Until recently a heptathlete, Dafne Schippers is as amused as we are with her new found popularity in the Netherlands. “After Beijing, when I walk my dog, people stop me to talk to me.” noted Dafne Schippers, in a tone that tells one that this young women was truly surprised on the response to her coming out as a world class sprinter.
At the Great CityGames, Dafne Schippers ran 11.03 in the cold and rain, less than 16 hours after winning the 200 meters in Brussels, and defeating Allyson Felix.
Look at the picture above. Allyson Felix does not give races away. She worked hard, and, alas, it was not her night. What is probably means is that we, the track fans, will hopefully get to see a titanic rematch over 200 meters by Ms. Felix and Ms. Schippers.
From Brussels to Newcastle was an early morning flight. Actually, two flights. It should be noted that Schippers had perhaps three hours sleep between performances.
But, that is youth!
Here is the interview that we did with Dafne after her 100 meter victory on Saturday, September 12, in Gateshead, England.