Schippers through, Campbell-Brown in early exit

Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:09am EDT
 
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By Nick Mulvenney

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - World champion Dafne Schippers shook off injury to reach the 200 meters semi-finals but twice Olympic gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown made an early exit from her fifth Games on Monday.

Campbell-Brown, back-to-back champion in 2004 and 2008, finished third in the ninth heat and her time of 22.97 was not enough to get through to Friday's semis.

The 34-year-old, who will also run in the 4x100 relay, blamed poor execution but did not rule out returning for a sixth Games in Tokyo in 2020.

"I've been through worse in my life," she said. "This is not such a crazy hurt to get over, I've never been in this position before. I don't know why things happen but sometimes you don't get your desire."

Trinidad and Tobago's Michelle-Lee Ahye, sixth in the 100, ran the fourth fastest time of a sunny morning to win heat three in 22.50, one-hundredth of a second ahead of Schippers who won heat one.

With champion Allyson Felix unable to defend her title after failing to finish in the top three at the U.S. Trials, Dutchwoman Schippers came to Brazil with high hopes of adding the Olympic title to the world title she won last year.

A leg muscle injury prevented her from running freely as she finished fifth in the 100 meters on Sunday but she said at one stage it looked like she would not compete at all in Rio.

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2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Preliminary - Women's 200m Round 1 - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 15/08/2016. Dafne Schippers (NED) of Netherlands competes.   REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler