Dani Stevens second best: Wins silver in World Athletics Championship discus
Dani Samuels as a 16-year-old won the gold in the 2005 World Youth Championship in Athletics. And in 2009 she repeated the feat by winning gold at the World Athletics Championship. 8 years later and a marriage later Dani Stevens (nee Samuels) wins silver at the 2017 World Athletics Championship by recording a 69.64m discus throw on Sunday night in London. Her previous achievements may have outshone her latest, but she is a better athlete for it now. Her silver is a better accomplishment than the gold medals simply because she has matured as an athlete. The world’s best Sandra Perkovic is a level above anyone else in the world right now routinely throwing 70m plus throws while Samuels hit consistently in the mid-sixties. But she was aggressive from the start and was not intimidated by a formidable opponent, and that was evident when she hit three out of four throws between 63 and 64 metres.
Schippers successfully defend 200m title
Dutch athlete DafneSchippers successfully defended her 200-metre title, but it came down right to the wire. Schippers won the bronze in 100 meters in London in the World Athletics Championship so coming into the 200 metre she had a lot of confidence. In the final bend she pulled away from her competitors and looked to end strong, but Ivorian Marie-Josee Ta Lou gave her stiff competition. She nearly caught up to Schippers and only a last second dip forward saw Schippers edge out Ta Lou by 300 hundredths of a second. Ta Lou had won silver in the 100 metre. When asked about the victory Schippers said that she had worked tremendously hard for that victory and that a medal twice in a row was indeed a special achievement. She credited her victory to her hard work her changed lifestyle and her new coach. She clocked 22.05 seconds to win the gold.
Dreadful blunder costs steeplechase favourite Beatrice Chepkoech
Kenyan athlete Beatrice Chepkoech was the favourite coming into the final steeplechase race in the London World Athletics Championship. She made the best possible start and was keeping up with the pack until the very beginning of the second lap where she missed a water jump. She realised her mistake and doubled back to go through the hurdle again but in the process lost precious time and fell far behind in the pecking order. She finished fourth in the event after USA duo Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs won gold and silver respectively. Her compatriot Hyvin Jepkemoi finished third claiming the bronze while Chepkoech came in a close fourth but missed out on that podium finish. However, Jepkemoi’s medal helped Kenya stay a close second in the medal tally after leaders USA.