BOXSCORE: NAIROBI, Kenya -May 18, 2021 – If Africa should win its first Olympic gold medal in the women’s 100m sprint, then it might be Marie-Josee Ta Lou who will do it.
The 33-year-old Ivorian is favored to make history at the Tokyo Olympics by becoming the first African woman to win an Olympic Gold medal in the 100M sprint.
Ta Lou is currently ranked 3rd behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica and Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith.
The Tokyo Olympics will be her second Olympic appearance, having competed in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where she ran in the 100M and 200M sprints finishing 4th in both races.
In fact, she missed the Bronze medal by a whisker where she was beaten by seven-thousands of a second (0.007).
The Women’s Olympics 100M race has been a preserve of America and Jamaican sprinters, taking home the lion’s share of all the medals over the past three decades.
Clearly, it will be a tall order for Ta Lou to bring home the gold but it is not impossible.
Her track record suggests that she will not be a pushover in Tokyo but rather a serious contender for the gold.
Speaking ahead of the July games, Ta Lou said “Sometimes I’m in doubt, but my coach reminds me that I can do it. So I believe in myself. My goal is to win gold medals in both the 100m and 200m. I want to beat my records and I know I can do it.”
However, Ta Lou is not short of world medals, she won two silver medals in the London 2017 World Championships in both the 100m and 200m races, a bronze medal at the Doha 2019 World Championships along with 20 continental medals though the Olympic gold remains to be her ultimate goal.