Schippers aims for a double in Rio

The 23-year-old Dutch sensation says that she will definitely opt for the double at the Olympics next year.

Dafne Schippers... "I am thinking more about the world record now than I didbefore the World Championships."   -  AP

Dafne Schippers, the newly-crowned world champion in 200 meters, said that she is opting to compete in both 100m and 200m races in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“In Rio, I will definitely opt for the double,” the Dutch athlete told reporters at a press conference on September 10, Xinhua reported.

The bronze medallist in heptathlon at the 2013 World Championships had proved herself a good sprinter by winning a silver in the 100m race and a gold in the 200m event at the Worlds in Beijing recently.

“I won’t compete in the heptathlon anymore, even when I like it during the winter to train for different events and I will continue to do so. But I do have the idea of competing in the long jump next year every now and then. I’m hoping to jump over 7.00m.”

The 23-year-old amazed the world by clocking 21.63s at the Bird’s Nest to become the third fastest woman in 200m in history, only behind American sprinters Florence Griffith-Joyner and Marion Jones.

“I was expecting to run below 22 seconds in Beijing but 21.63 is a lot faster than what I was hoping for,” said Schippers.

“All world records will be broken one day. I must admit that I am thinking more about the world record now than I did before the World Championships,” she added.

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