Women’s 200m World Champion Dafne Schippers celebrated her birthday by retaining her 200m crown at the Oslo Diamond League under the most dramatical conditions. The Flying Dutchwoman was twice disqualified from the event due to false start accusations.
Before the start of the event, the Rio Olympic Silver Medallist and the European record holder (21.63s) was first disqualified on false start grounds. Dafne protested vehemently regarding the decision stating that she could not hear the gun shot due to crowd noise. The authorities then allowed the former European champion to race again. An impressive performance from the 25-year old saw her take the race relatively unchallenged in 22.31s, ahead of Ivory Coast’s Murielle Ahoure’s time of 22.74.
However, it was announced after the final day of the event that her protests will be overruled, retroactively disqualifying her. The Birthday Girl finally breathed a sigh of relief when the IAAF later released a tweet confirming that she’ll be reinstated as the champion.
— IAAF Diamond League (@Diamond_League) June 15, 2017
Schippers later told the IAAF that she was distracted by someone in the stands banging their chair. “It was noisy at the start, so much noise, very hard to concentrate,” she said.
In other events, Canada’s triple Olympic medallist Andre De Grasse won Men’s 100m in 10.01 seconds ahead of Great Britain’s Chinjidu Ujah and Ivory Coast’s Ben Youssef Meite who clocked 10.02 and 10.03 respectively.
“It felt good, the weather was great, I ran my season best,” said De Grasse after winning at the Oslo Diamond League meeting for the second year running.
“I hope it will continue in Stockholm (on Sunday) and I will be able to get my sub-10 before the Canadian trials… for sure I need to improve my start.”
Chilly temperatures shattered hopes of world records at the famed Bislett Stadium. The Norwegian capital has witnessed 62 world records being broken and broken down the years.
In other events South African Olympic and World Champion Caster Semanya won the Women’s 800m in a time of 1 minute 57.59 seconds, ahead of Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba (1:58.18) and Kenya’s Margaret Wambui (1:59.17) in an exact podium finish as Rio 2016.
In the upset of the night, Scotsman Jake Wightman won the Men’s 1500m in a line up consisting of mighty talented Kenyans Silas Kiplagat and Elijah Manangoi with a Personal Best time of 3:34.17. Manangoi came second with a 3:34:30, 3 tenth of a second ahead of Polish Marcin Lewandowski and local lad Filip Ingebrigtsen at fourth.
The home crowd were wooed when Filip’s younger brother 16-year old Jakob Ingebrigtsen broke the world age group record in the mile with a 3:56.29.
They had further more to celebrate as another Norwegian, Karsten Warholm took home the gold in the Men’s 400m Hurdles. American Olympic Champion Kerron Clement surprisingly finished last.