Thompson, Schippers clash in Oslo


June 09, 2016
Dafne Schippers (left) finishing ahead of Jamaica's Elaine Thompson (right) in the 200m final at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China.

OSLO, Norway:

Jamaican standout Elaine Thompson will be looking for her first win over Dutch star Dafne Schippers over the 200m in an highlight of today's seventh Diamond League meeting - the ExxonMobil Bislett Games at the Bislett Stadium, here this evening.

Schippers finished ahead of Thompson to win gold at the World Championships last year and again at Diamond League meets in Brussels last year and Eugene a few weeks ago.

stunning form

Today maybe different, however, as Thompson has been in stunning form in the 100m, leading the Diamond Race in the event and after a 10.87 clocking in Rome last week .

"I think we surprised ourselves in Beijing. It was a perfect race for us and both very good times and very special. We are both very young," Schippers said when asked if she believed she held a psychological advantage over Thompson.

"It's like a stepping stone for me to see where I am it and take it from here to the Jamaican championships," said Thompson.

Neither athlete wanted to give predictions on their time but Schippers harbours a secret hope of breaking the meet record 21.94 set in 1994 by the United States' Gwen Torrence.

"Last year at the World Championships I had a big PB but my main focus is to go out there and do my best," added Thompson.

Three other Jamaicans will be in action today.

looking forward

Novlene Williams-Mills and Stephenie Ann McPherson will meet in the women's 400m.

McPherson admitted that she is working towards the national championships later this month but is still looking forward to executing well today.

O'Dayne Richards continues his rebound from surgery in March, and after throwing a season's best 20.54 metres at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association Allcomers meet last weekend, is hoping to throw a similar distance here today, where he comes up against the likes of Poland's Tomas Majewski and the United States Joe Kovacs in the men's shot put.

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