Double World 200m champion Dafne Schippers, has announced that she has hanged her racing shoes.
The 31 year-old won back-to-back world 200m titles in 2015 and 2017, made the announcement through her social media page saying, “The race stops here, as an athlete, you always know this day will come, that at one point, your career will be a moment in time — a collection of memories and hopefully medals. Today, I have decided to take my life off track to pursue and embrace whatever comes next.”
Schippers was the third fastest woman in 2015 after winning world 200m race in 21.63 seconds,a time that placed her behind Florence Griffith-Joyner and Marion Jones. She’s now sixth-fastest in history.
Injury took toll on her from 2017 as also withdrew from the 2019 World Athletics Championships with an adductor problem and was eliminated in the 200m heats at her last Olympics in Tokyo after two years’ worth of back injuries.
Schippers who is also the 2015 Olympic 200m silver medallist, last raced was in July 2022.