Coach Reider will find that Skippers is on track for successful world cup
Rana Reider is satisfied with the performance so far this world cup, his pupil Dafne Schippers. The American coach saw the sprinter Sunday bronze pack in the 100 meter and realizes she is the big favourite in the 200 metres.
“Gold in the 100 metres had been perfect, but our goal this WK is two medals. We now have one,” says Reider Thursday in London.
Skippers had to be in the final battle of the 100 metres, American Tori Bowie (10,85) and the Ivorian Marie-It Ta Lou (10,86). The 25-year-old Dutch finished in 10,96, and that was less quick than her silver world cup race two years ago in Beijing (10,81).
“But times are large tournaments is not relevant,” says Reider. “It comes to medals. Moreover, it was her race in the series of the 200 meters Tuesday good. They let see that they in shape.”
Unlike the 100 metres will Skippers Friday in the final battle of the 200 metres is the big favorite. Olympic champion Elaine Thompson let the 200 metres shoot and Bowie is missing due to an injury. Skippers is therefore the only of the stage of the Games of Rio de Janeiro that are still in the race.
“Yes, you can say that Dafne absolute favorite is,” admits Reider. “But we do not make us rich. It is not easy, and see each finalist as a threat. Or Dafne feeling the pressure? Great athletes put themselves press. That makes an athlete good.”
Difference with the olympic 200 meterrace, where Skippers silver medal, is not only the cancellation of Thompson and Bowie. Skippers is under Reider, who, after Rio, her coach was, physically stronger.
“The stronger you are, the harder your feet hit the ground and the faster you go,” explains Reider. “So it was important for Dafne to become stronger. But we are not there yet. Both physically and technically, Dafne still steps. She is not yet at its limit.”
The final of the 200 metres begins on Friday at 22.50 (Dutch time). Skippers should Thursday night be the semi-finals to get through, but that is on paper is not a problem.
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