Thursday, 15 June 2017 22:09

Schippers suffers birthday blues in Oslo

World champion Dafne Schippers's 25th birthday celebrations fell flat Thursday when the Dutch sprint star was disqualified twice from the 200m at the Oslo Diamond League meeting. Schippers, the 2015 world champion and silver medallist at the Rio Olympics last year, was originally disqualified for a false start.

She was then allowed to run under protest, taking an impressive victory in 22.30sec before she was disqualified again after the race.

Ivory Coast's Murielle Ahoure was crowned the winner instead with a season's best 22.74sec.

"There was a lot of noise at the start and it was difficult to concentrate," pleaded Schippers. "But these things happen and I just have to accept that."