Dafne Schippers qualified for the semifinals of the 200 meters at the Olympic Games on Monday with some difficulty.

The two-time world champion at this distance narrowly finished third in her heat.

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Schippers started in the difficult track 2 in the Japanese morning and finished with a time of 23.13.

Her best time of the season is 22.70 and her personal best is 21.63.

The Dutch had only one hundredth ahead of the number four Lisa Marie Kwayie from Germany and three hundredths on the Greek Rafailía Spanoudaki.

The top three qualified directly for the semifinals.

Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won in 22.22.

The 29-year-old Schippers became world champion in the 200 meters in 2015 and 2017.

Five years ago, she took silver in the double sprint distance at the Rio de Janeiro Games behind Jamaican Elaine Thompson.

However, the Utrecht player has been struggling with serious back problems in recent years and therefore did not come close to the times from her top period this season.

Schippers skipped the 100 meters in Tokyo to not put too much strain on her vulnerable back.

Monday's race was her first appearance in Japan.

The semi-finals of the 200 meters are Monday from 12.25 pm Dutch time and the final is on Tuesday at 2.50 pm.

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