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Marie-Josée Ta Lou honoured by Ivorien President

*After a great outing at the World championships in London

Sensational short sprint queen, Marie-Josée Ta Lou has been honoured after a double silver outing at the just concluded World Athletics championships in London.

Marie-Josée Ta Lou honoured by her nation
Marie-Josée Ta Lou honoured by her nation

Marie-Josée Ta Lou who announced the honour done her wrote on her Facebook page, “I was received this morning by the president of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, His ExcellencyAlassane Ouattara. He raised my coach and I to the rank of Commander of the Order of Merit of Ivorian sport and, above all, I received the official congratulations of all the Ivorien nation.

The petite lady used the opportunity to thank her fans and followers when she wrote: “I can tell you that this has been, thanks to each and every one of you with your support and your unconditional and unconditional prayers. So I will not cease to glorify God, praise him and magnify him at all times for what he keeps doing in my life and for each of your lives.”

“So to all, I would like to thank you for all your consideration, because it is by those that I received. May God bless you abundantly and make each of you champions in each of your respective fields.

“Let all the glory be done to God who keeps doing in my life wonders.

“It is with great joy and especially filled with a great emotion for which I could not contain my tears that was my arrival in Abidjan. But before I would like to thank all people of Côte d’Ivoire in its diversity and first the president of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, the Vice-President His Excellency Kablan Duncan, the president of the National Assembly, Mr. Guillaume Soro and the head of government Mr. Gbon Coulibaly, all of whom were represented by the Minister of Sports and Leisure, Albert Amichia. I always lose my words.

“In particular, I would like to thank all the personalities present at the presidential pavilion who have shown me personally their support and encouragement before and upon my arrival in Abidjan, especially these traditional leaders and heads who have come to show their joy in their little girl’s avenue. And in a special way, I would like to thank each of the people who arrived at the airport and those who were unable to travel.

Marie-Josée Ta Lou dressing the President with her London World championship medal
Marie-Josée Ta Lou dressing the President with her London World championship medal

Appreciate a warm nation: Special mention to my fan club, Amazon women and the Ivorian Athletics Federation, all journalists, women and men of media, athletic fanatics, all my coaches and those who think they’re forgotten. Not to mention these women and men of the army present whose noble mission was pleasant. Thank you all for this beautiful welcome.

I can tell you that I was not wrong to always raise my head and continue to fight for the orange, white and green flag to be known worldwide and be respected in the world of athletics. Thank you for being this fuel, this strength and motivation that help me tremendously on every track. Above all, thank you for your prayers, the good they are doing to me is immense, may God bless you au and cover you with all sorts of grace forever.

In order, I will not end without thanking this one who has transformed me and which allows me to run every day but above all to live, Jesus Christ. A God that caters to all my needs and keeps on blessing me. And my coach, Anthony Koffi.

Marie-Josee Ta Lou
Marie-Josee Ta Lou

Her rise to stardom: At the 2012 African Championships in Porto-Novo, Benin, she won the bronze medal in 200 meters and 4 × 100 m. Two years later, Ta Lou won bronze in the 100m (11s 20s), silver in 200m (22s 87s) and 4x100s (43s).

In 2015, it is growing rapidly: at the Beijing World Championships, she was eliminated in the semi-finals of the 100m despite a new personal best at 11.06s. She wass the first unqualified for the 200m final with a new record in 22.56s.

In the All Africa Games in 2015, she made the double 100m (11.02s personal best) / 200meters (22.57s) and got the 3rd place in the relay with a time of 43.98s.

In 2016 she participated for the first time in an indoor season and raised her record from 60m to 7.12s at the Karlsruhe meeting. On 13th February, in Berlin, Ta Lou succeeded in series of 7.11s. In the final, she took the time down to 7.06s, just behind the 7.00 recorded by the Dutch, Dafne Schippers.

On 19th March, 2016, Ta Lou ranked 7th in the 60m world championships in Portland in 7.29s. On the 22nd June, she won the African Championships semi-final in 100m in 11.20s before winning the bronze medal in 11.15s behind her compatriot Murielle Ahoure (10.99s) and the South African Carina Horn (11.07s).

On the 23rd July, 2016, at the London Grand Prix, the Ivorien for the first time in her career in the heats ran 10. 96s (-1.3m/s), then in the final where she same again this time (- 0.7m/s) to also win the first meeting of the Diamond League.

She was ahead of the double world champion title holder Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (10.99s). During the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, she failed at the foot of the podium behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (10.86s) with whom Marie-Josée will be tied to thousandths of seconds for third place. She finished again at the foot of the podium during the Games, on the 200m, in 22.21s (national record).

In 2017, she ran the 100m at the interclub athletics championships in France under the colours of the Stade Français (Paris). On the 6th July, in Lausanne, she set a new national record for the 200m in 22.16s. On the 21st July, she won the Meeting Herculis of Monaco on the same distance in 22.25s.

At the world championships in London, she won her 100-meter series on 5th August, then her semi-final the next day by tying her best time of the season in 10.87s.

In the final, Marie- Josée Ta Lou made an excellent start and dominated the race and even the favourite Elaine Thompson, before being surpassed on the line by the American Tori Bowie. She finally won silver in 10.86s, equalled her personal best behind Bowie (10.85s) and ahead of her rival, Dafne Schippers (10.96s).

On 8th August, she easily won her heat (22.71s) in the 200m, then her semi-final (22.49s), joining the final where she was one of the favourites for the title. She won another silver medal in the 22.08s, a national record behind Dafne Schippers (22.05s).

In sum, the Ivorien welcome and national honour was well done to lift the spirit of the African queen of the track.

 

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