World 200m champion Dafne Schippers has been confirmed to race over 100m at the IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels on Friday 9 September, the meeting organisers announced on Monday (8).
Schippers, who is the current Diamond Race leader in the event, has been one of the bright sparks in women’s sprinting in the past two seasons, with the Dutch star graduating impressively from being a multi-athlete into a world-class sprinter.
After winning a silver medal in the 100m at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing 2015, she returned to win the 200m title at the same meet.
Schippers, who is one of the heavy favourites to win the women’s sprint double at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games this month, also defended her European 100m title last month.
The 24-year-old blasted to victory at last year’s meeting – winning in a time of 22.12 seconds.
The IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels in the Belgian capital, will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2016, and will be at the AG Insurance Memorial Van Damme.
Meanwhile, at Rio 2016, Schippers will battle with the Jamaican sprint sensation and two-time defending Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, along with her training mate Elaine Thompson, who is the world-leader over 100m this season.
American English Gardner will also be very dangerous in the women’s 100m as well. Ivory Coasts Murielle Ahoure and American Tori Bowie are also expected to be challenging for a medal.