28 August 2015
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By Tom Fordyce
Chief sports writer in Beijing
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Britain’s Shara Proctor had long jump world gold snatched away from her in the final round of the competition as the USA’s Tianna Bartoletta’s last-gasp effort pushed her into silver.
On a night when Dafne Schippers won her first world title with the fastest 200m in 17 years, Proctor produced a huge leap of 7.07m in the third round to become the first Briton over seven metres and smash her own national record.
Schippers ran an extraordinary 21.63 seconds to come past Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson in the last five metres as Britain’s 19-year-old Dina Asher-Smith set a new national record of 22.07secs in fifth.
Only two women in history – Florence Griffith-Joyner and Marion Jones – have ever run faster than the 23-year-old Dutchwoman, who also shattered Marita Koch’s 36-year-old European record.
Schippers only switched her attention full-time to the sprints in June this year after making her name as a heptathlete.
And after winning 100m silver earlier this week she has continued her remarkable ascent, knocking four-tenths of a second off her personal best in the space of a year as she became the first European woman to win a world sprint medal in 10 years.
Source:: BBC UK