Relaxed Schippers ready for World Championships

Dafne Schippers is confident she is in good shape to challenge for medals at the World Championships after a relaxing build-up to the meet.

Schippers has stamped her authority over the women's sprints in recent years with 200-metre gold in the Worlds in Beijing two years ago nestled in between back-to-back 100m European Championship crowns.

However, she was unable to replicate that form at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio as she finished fifth in the 100m and had to settle for silver in the 200m.

The Dutchwoman says the media attention on her leading into the Games meant her preparations were chaotic, and that had an impact on her performance.

But there is less pressure on her this time around and she believes that bodes well as she looks to add to her World Championship medal collection.

"Looking back, it was chaos," she told reporters. "Everyone wanted a piece of me. 

"The whole year was full of appointments with the sponsors and media. Everything was new.

"But now I have weeks with nothing on and therefore I'm a lot more relaxed, which I really need. 

"The attention has waned but it has also been a question of self-preservation for me to stay out of the spotlight. This is my career, I want so badly to do well."

Schippers is expected to compete in the 100m and 200m in London but will face tough competition for gold from the likes of Elaine Thompson and Tori Bowie.

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