Marie-Josée Ta Lou has equaled the African record in the 100m of her compatriot Murielle Ahouré. The two Ivorians have qualified for the semi-finals of the women's sprint at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, scheduled for Saturday 31 July.
Marie-Josée Ta Lou of Côte d'Ivoire has hit the ground running for her debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. She qualified for the semi-finals of the 100m on Friday 30 July, finishing in 10'78. She thus equaled the African record for the distance held until then by her compatriot Murielle Ahouré. She won despite an unfavorable wind (-0.3 m/s).
In addition to Marie-Josée Ta Lou, four other Africans will be on the starting line of the semi-finals of the 100m, this Saturday 31 July (10:15 GMT). They are Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria, Murielle Ahouré of Ivory Coast, Gina Bass of Gambia and Nzubechi Grace Nwokocha of Nigeria.
Of the three semi-finals on schedule, one will certainly polarize the attention of African sprint lovers. It will oppose three Africans: Ahouré, Bass and Nwokocha.
The first two in each run as well as the holders of the two best times will qualify for the final. The final is scheduled for a little over two hours after the semi-finals (12:50).