Dafne Schippers winning her 200m semi-final at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 (Getty Images) © Copyright
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Report: women's 200m semifinals – IAAF World Championships London 2017

Thankfully, this time there was no home-straight heartache for Shaunae Miller-Uibo.

Twenty-four hours on from the drama of the women’s 400m final, when the Olympic one lap champion suddenly lost what appeared to be a winning lead 20m from the line, fading to fourth, the 23-year-old Bahamian was back to her smooth-striding self in the 200m semi-finals.

Her hopes of completing an unprecedented 200m-400m double having been scuppered, Miller-Uibo sailed comfortably through to Friday’s final at the shorter distance with the joint-fastest time of the round.

Drawn in heat three, Miller-Uibo came off the bend in third place but eased clear of her rivals to win in 22.49, with US sprinter Kimberlyn Duncan second in 22.73.

Defending champion Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands clocked precisely the same winning time in heat one, 22.49, with Dejah Stevens of the US almost the same distance behind, runner-up in 22.71.

In fact, all three races produced near identical times in first and second, the two automatic qualifying spots. In the third heat 100m silver medallist Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast prevailed in 22.50, with Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith – impressively running into form following her late start to the season after breaking her right foot in February - matching her season’s best of 22.73 in second place.

The two non-automatic qualifying times came from this race, Canada’s Crystal Emmanuel taking third place in 22.85 and Miller-Uibo’s Bahamas team-mate Tynia Gaither fourth in the same time.

"It feels good to get back on the track,” Miller-Uibo reflected. “I just want to wash the 400m away and just focus on the 200m, so that's what I'm doing.

“I know a lot of people thought I hurt my hamstring or something along that line, but it was kind of weird. I had the race under control and I looked up at the screen and misplaced my foot and completely lost balance… It's a part of being in sport.”

Simon Turnbull for the IAAF

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