Dafne Schippers Training by Bart Bennema
Bart Bennema is Dafne Schipper’s coach , the Dutch heptathlete stunned all observers with a sprint double, winning both the 100m and 200m, but despite being the European Sprint Queen she remains committed to the Heptathlon. Still only 22, Schippers has made huge progress under the direction of Coach Bennema and as well as clocking personal bests and gold medals in the sprints, she also set a new heptathlon best and national record in Götzis this year.
Schippers announced herself onto the combined events scene after winning the World Junior title in Moncton back in 2010 and has dabbled in both the sprint events and the heptathlon at major championships. In 2012 at the London Olympics, Schippers finished in 12th position in the heptathlon.
Leaping forward from the Olympics, Schippers and Bennema continued to work on her sprinting talents and at the European Athletics Under-23 Championships she claimed gold in the 100m. The following month she claimed a fine bronze at the World Championships, scoring a national record to reach the podium in Moscow.
Bennema’s success is not only limited to his fine work with Schippers, but his latest prodigy includes Nadine Visser. At this year’s World Junior Championships, Visser stood on the medal podium twice in Oregon. After claiming a fine bronze medal in the Heptathlon, she claimed another bronze in the 100m Hurdles.
Dafne Schippers born 15 June 1992 is a Dutch athlete, competing in heptathlon and the sprints. She is the 2015 World Champion at the 200 metres and holds the European record of 21.63 seconds at this distance.
Schippers won gold medals in the heptathlon at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics and 2011 European Athletics Junior Championships. Two years later, she won gold in the 100 m and bronze in the long jump at the 2013 European Athletics U23 Championships.
In 2011 at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, she broke the Dutch national record in the 200 m in the heats before finishing 9th in the semifinals, missing the final by 0.04 seconds. She is co-record holder in the 4 × 100 m relay.
At the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Schippers won the bronze medal in the heptathlon. She became the first female Dutch athlete ever to win a medal at the World Championships.
She improved the 200 m record during the 2014 edition of the heptathlon at the Hypo-Meeting in Götzis, her time of 22.35 being one of the best 200 m performances ever in a heptathlon.
Schippers won gold medals at the European championships of 2014 in the 100 m and the 200 m. Her success at the 2014 European Athletics Championships prompted discussion over her long-term prospects and whether she should focus on sprinting, or continue her career in the heptathlon.
In June 2015 Schippers announced via Twitter that she would focus on sprinting in the run-up to the 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Beijing and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
At the World Championships in Beijing Schippers won the silver medal in the 100 m and gold in the 200 m. Her 200 m winning time of 21.63 seconds was a new European record and made her the third fastest woman in history over that distance.