AZUSA, CA — World champion Dafne Schippers produced world-leading times on her way to winning the sprint double to open her season at Friday’s Bryan Clay Invitational at the Azusa Pacific Cougar Stadium.
Schippers, the IAAF World Championships 2015 champion over 200m, got a measured start and then pulled away from the field over the last few metres to record 10.95 seconds, the first sub-11 seconds performance of the season.
The Dutch sprinter, representing Tumbleweed, also broke the previous meet and stadium record of 11.06, set by Great Britain’s Desiree Henry last year.
Following Schippers home on Friday was American Tianna Bartoletta, who ran 11.08 in the same heat, while Henry, the winner of Heat 2 in 11.09, finished third overall on the day.
Schippers returned later in the night to clock 22.29 secs, improving the previous 2017 best effort of 22.60 by Americans Gabrielle Thomas and Felicia Brown and Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown.