London – Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers held on to retain her world 200m title on Friday as the United States had another night to savour at the London Stadium and two experienced campaigners claimed more gold.

Schippers, who won bronze in the 100m, roared off the bend into the final straight and looked as if she would coast safely home.

But the Dutchwoman began to tie up and only a savage dip at the line that saw her clock 22.05 seconds edged her past Ivorian Marie-Josee Ta Lou by just three-hundredths of a second.It was Ta Lou’s second silver after her efforts in the 100m won by American Tori Bowie, absent from the 200.

© AFP ANTONIN THUILLIER Netherlands' Dafne Schippers celebrates winning the final of the women's 200m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 11, 2017

© AFP ANTONIN THUILLIER – Netherlands’ Dafne Schippers celebrates winning the final of the women’s 200m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 11, 2017