Marie-Josée Ta Lou did not win any medals at the Tokyo Olympics but her efforts were very noticeable throughout the competition. Her efforts did not go unnoticed in Côte d'Ivoire. The performances of the 32-year-old sprinter, a finalist in the women's 100m and 200m, were hailed by the country's authorities. Moreover, she was even rewarded by the Ivorian government.
On her return from Tokyo, Marie-Josée Ta Lou received a cheque for 7623 euros from François Albert Amichia, the Ivorian Minister of Sports. A sum of money as an encouragement for her bravery in Tokyo.
At the Olympics, Ta Lou finished 4th (10'91) and 5th (22'27) in the 100m and 200m respectively.