KARLSRUHE, Germany, Sporting Alert – World champion Dafne Schippers has added the Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe to her inside racing schedule for next season.
Schippers, who captured the IAAF World Outdoor Championships 200m title in Beijing, China, this past summer, has been confirmed for the opening competition of the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Tour, which organisers say will take place on Saturday 6 February.
The former heptathlete has found a new passion for the sprints and she has been one of the most exciting competitors to break through the ranks in the short sprinting events over the last few seasons.
When she lines up in the short dash in seven weeks’ time, Schippers will be hoping to bounce back from her disappointment in Karlsruhe the last time out, having been disqualified in the 60m final in the German city, this after running 7.12 secs in the heats.
Schippers, the European record-holder, will race in the women’s 60m dash, the indoor event she landed a European Indoor Championships gold medal earlier this year.
The Dutch sprinter, en route to that victory, produced a 2015 joint world-leading time and set a personal best of 7.05 in Prague.
She shared the best indoor mark over 60m with Murielle Ahoure from the Ivory Coast.
In total, Schippers ran three times faster than 7.10 seconds for 60m last year, while her fourth quickest on the term was dead on the money, at 7.10.
Meanwhile, meet organisers have also confirmed that Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie of France, and IAAF World Championships silver medallist Raphael Holzdeppe of Germany, will take part in the men’s pole vault competition.
Looking ahead to the meeting, Holzdeppe recalled: “The atmosphere in the hall was great it did last year. Unfortunately, I could not transfer my performance this mood due to an illness overnight.
“The preparation is currently running at full speed and I am very pleased by the development.”
Meeting organisers have also revealed that 2,400 of the total 4,200 seats have already been snapped.