Two-time world champion sprinter Dafne Schippers says she's retiring from the sport
FILE - Netherlands' Dafne Schippers celebrates after winning the Women's 200 metres final at the World Athletics Championships in London Friday, August 11, 2017. Two-time world 200 metre champion Dafne Schippers announced Tuesday, September 26, 2023, she is retiring from track and field at the age of 31. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Two-time world champion sprinter Dafne Schippers is retiring from track and field at the age of 31.

Schippers, a Dutchwoman who won back-to-back world titles in the 200 meters, transformed herself from a heptathlete who won a bronze medal in the event at the 2013 world championships in Moscow to a powerful sprinter. She won the 200 at the 2015 worlds in Beijing and repeated the victory two years later in London. She also won silver in the 100 meters at the worlds in Beijing.

“The race stops here,” Schippers said in a post on Instagram. “As an athlete, you always know this day will come, that at one point, your career will be a moment in time — a collection of memories and hopefully medals.”

In between her two world titles, Schippers won an Olympic silver medal after finishing second behind Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson in the 200-meter race at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

The Dutchwoman's career was hampered by injuries after her two world titles and she never won another major title.

“Today, I have decided to take my life off track to pursue and embrace whatever comes next, but not without saying a massive thank you for all the endless support," Schippers said in her Instagram post. "It has been a journey without regret.”

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at


  1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper; email addresses will not be published.
  2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.
  3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.
  4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.
  5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed:
  6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:
  7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

Which long-term investment option is more attractive to you at the moment?