Ivorian Ta Lou clinches Africa’s first sprints medal at London 2017

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Ivorian Marie-Josee Ta Lou clinched Africa’s first sprints medal at London 2017 after a winning silver in the women’s 100m with 10.86s- a personal best equalling mark.

In winning silver, she replicated the feat chalked by her compatriot, Murielle Ahoure, who also won silver at the IAAF World Championships Moscow 2013.

Ta lou got off to a flying start and looked to have the gold medal in the bag all the way, until American Tori Bowie, still one metre down with 40 metres to go, stole up on her outside and snatched victory on the line with 10.85s while Dafnr Schippers took third in 10.96s.

Bowie needed an incredible dip on the line to deny Ta Lou who was not ranked in the top 5 times this season ahead of the championships.

She was regarded as Ivory Coast’s best bet for a podium place, having finished just outside of the medals in the 100m and 200m at last year’s Olympic Games, and recording times of 10.90, her second-best ever, for 100m and a national record of 22.16 for 200m.

 

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