Dafne Schippers has qualified without problems for the semifinals in the 100 meters at the World Championships in Doha. The Dutchman won her heat on Saturday in a time of 11.17 seconds, after which Taymir Burnet grabbed the men next to a place in the 100-meter final.
Schippers ran the eighth time in total. The Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who came into action in the first heat, was the fastest on the field.
The two-time Olympic champion from Jamaica ran to a time of 10.80 and that was the fastest time ever in the series of a World Cup.
The Ivorian Marie-Josée Ta Lou also impressed with 10.85, an equalization of her personal record. The personal record of Schippers is 10.81, run at the World Cup in 2015.
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The 27-year-old Schippers, who is busy with a difficult season, remained in the series more than a tenth above her best annual performance of 11.04, although she withheld at the end of the race because it was clear that she was going easy in the semi-finals get it.
Schippers won a medal in every 100 meters at the last World Cups: silver in 2015 in Beijing and bronze in 2017 in London. Because of her bad times this year, she seems to be no more than an outsider at the Khalifa International Stadium.
At her favorite distance, the 200 meters, Schipper is the title defender. The series from that distance are Monday.
Dafne Schippers scored the eighth time in the series. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Van Hunenstijn eliminated in series
Marije van Hunenstijn failed to survive the series in the 100 meters. She got stuck at 11.48 and was well above the time (11.31) that was left to continue.
Later this World Championship, Van Hunenstijn is still in action on the 4x100 meter relay. Schippers is of course also part of the Dutch team, which hopes for a slice.
The semi-finals of the 100 meters, with room for 24 athletes, will be played on Sunday at 8.20 pm Dutch time. The medals will be distributed that same evening at 10.20 pm.
Marije van Hunenstijn disappointed in the series. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Burnet grabs next to final place at 100 meters
The men already have the semi-finals and the final battle on the program on Saturday, and Taymir Burnet failed to qualify for the final. The 26-year-old Dutchman finished sixth in his semifinals with a time of 10.18 and that was not enough.
Due to the elimination of Burnet, Churandy Martina remains the only Dutchman ever to have won the World Cup final of the track of athletics. The 35-year-old routinier did not individually qualify for the tournament in Doha, but will compete in the 4x100 meter relay. Burnet is also part of the Dutch team, which is hoping for a medal.
Christian Coleman made an impression on Saturday in the semi-finals with a time of 9.88. The American is also considered the big favorite for gold. Two years ago Coleman already captured silver in the 100 meters and the gold was for his countryman Justin Gatlin, who is now also in the final. The 37-year-old Gatlin ran 10.09 in the semi-finals and that was just enough to continue.
Taymir Burnet failed in the 100 meter semi-finals. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Pole vault jumper Vloon drops out injured
For the qualification pole vault for men, two Dutch men are on the list of participants on Saturday, but for one of those two the World Cup was over before it started.
Menno Vloon injured his ankle during the warm-up, preventing him from participating. The 25-year-old Vloon, with 5.85 meters holding the Dutch record, was injured two years ago during the World Cup in London. He then fell on one of the stands on which the bar rests.
The other Dutchman in pole vaulting is Rutger Koppelaar and he is currently still busy.
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