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.

Jamile Samuel opted out of her series.

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

She finished twentieth overall.

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

In her series, 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.

Dafne Schippers congratulates Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the winner of her heat.

Dafne Schippers congratulates Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the winner of her heat.

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Samuel can't walk due to minor injury

Samuel, who ran 22.93 this year, decided at the last minute not to start in the final heat.

The 29-year-old from Amsterdam suffers from a minor injury and previously skipped the 100 meters.

She hopes to be fit for the 4x100m relay later this week.

There she is a starter.

"We are not taking any risks with a view to aggravating her injury. That is why she did not start," Ad Roskam, technical director of the Athletics Union, reported shortly after the series.

Jamaican Shericka Jackson, who won bronze in the 100 meters, was surprisingly eliminated in the 200 meters series.

She held on towards the finish and finished fourth in her heat as a result.

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.

See also: Schippers escapes elimination in series: 'Were closer than I thought'