Côte d’Ivoire triumphed yesterday Friday (March 2nd) at the Birmingham meeting. In the women’s 60M, Murielle Ahouré clocked 6.97 to win her first world title. Marie-Josée Ta Lou placed just behind with a time of 7.05.
The season has started well for Ivorians. Ahouré and Ta Lou are performing well since the beginning of the year. Murielle Ahouré, who had some pretty tough times last year, got off to a good start. After her positive results in Birmingham in 2012 and 2014 when she won silver medals on the 60M, the Ivorian has risen a notch with this victory. With 6.71, she has just achieved the new African record in distance and the fastest time in 19 years. This result ranks it 6th in the world’s best distance performance of all time. It is with emotion that she dedicated this victory to her father who died last year.
It is becoming obvious that Côte d’Ivoire has everything to tickle the greatest sprinting nations in athletics. Behind Murielle Ahouré, Marie-Josée Ta Lou took the silver medal in 7.05 (0.43). She came 5 thousandths of a second ahead of Munjinga Kambundji of Switzerland who clocked a time of 7.05 (0.48). It allowed Ivory Coast to offer a double historic.
Are these performances of Murielle Ahouré because she recently moved to the United States? The question remains unanswered. It therefore seems that this has had a positive impact on the preparation of the athlete. She now has the opportunity to train alongside the best American sprinters. Her compatriot Marie-Josée Ta Lou, meanwhile, prepared this season in Côte d’Ivoire after spending the last four years in Senegal.