Schippers and Lasitskene scoop prestigious national awards

Schippers and Lasitskene scoop prestigious national awards
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Two-time world 200m champion Dafne Schippers was named Dutch Sportswoman of the Year for the second time last night 

Dafne Schippers was crowned Dutch Sportswoman of the Year for the second time at an award ceremony held at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre on Tuesday (19) evening.

The 25-year-old received the accompanying Jaap Eden Trophy from retired Dutch international footballer Ronald Koeman. Schippers was nominated for the accolade alongside sailer Marit Bouwmeester and road cyclist Anna van der Breggen.

Schippers enjoyed another successful summer campaign, winning a bronze medal in the 100m at the IAAF World Championships in London before defending her 200m title in a season’s best of 22.05.

Schippers now has four medals in the sprints from the World Championships to accompany her four medals - all gold - from the European Championships. She will be looking to add to her tally in Berlin next summer.

Mariya Lasitskene also defended her world title in the high jump in London and she was duly named Russian Sportswoman of the Year by the Ministry of Sport. She was also named Sportsperson of the Year by Sport FM.

Lasitskene went unbeaten in 24 competitions in 2017 and she will open her indoor season in Minsk on 23 December where she will take part in a competition held at the “Stolitsa” shopping centre.