Elaine Thompson beats Dafne Schippers again over 100m at Van Damme Memorial

Elaine Thompson shot out of the blocks and never let Dafne Schippers close to finish the 100m race in 10.72 seconds.

By: AP | Brussels | Published:September 10, 2016 1:13 am
Elaine Thompson, dafne schippers, schippers, olympics, rio olympics 100m, olympics 100m, van damme memorial, athletics, sports news, sports Dafne Schippers (left) finished well behind Elaine Thompson in 10.97. (Source: Reuters)

Elaine Thompson extended her dominance of sprinting through her last race of the season, with the double Olympic champion beating rival Dafne Schippers in the 100 meters at the Van Damme Memorial on Friday.

In a battle between the two dominant sprinters of the past two seasons, it was no contest.

The Jamaican shot out of the blocks and never let Schippers close to finish in 10.72 seconds. It was her third-best time of the season but still better than any other woman this year.

Schippers finished well behind in 10.97 and after her habitual slow start never looked close to closing the gap on Thompson.

The Jamaican won the 100 and 200 at the Rio Games while Schippers finished 5th in the 100 and was runner-up in the 200.

In the 400, South Africa’s Caster Semenya proved her versatility. She became the 800 Olympic champion in Rio last month, but at the closing Diamond League meeting she won the one-lap race with a stunning kick over the final straight.

With 150 meters to go, Semenya seemed totally out of the race, but she started clawing back one runner after another, and with a dip at the line she set a personal best of 50.40 seconds, to beat Courtney Okolo of the United States by .11 seconds.