Following her triumph in the 100 metres final of the 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship in Asaba, Ivorien sprint star Ta Lou Marie Josée has expressed her appreciation for the massive support from her countrymen.
Marie Josee Ta Lou on Thursday won the gold medal in a time of 11.15 seconds, beating Ghana’s Janet Amponsah who clocked 11.54 seconds; and Nigeria’s young prodigy Udo Joy-Gabriel who finished with a time of 11.58 seconds.
“Thanks to your prayers, your support and all your messages of encouragement; We once again won. We are champions of Africa,” she said via her twitter handle.
Ta Lou was expected to face a stern examination in the 100 metres final from Nigerian sprint legend Blessing Okagbare.
But the latter suddenly withdrew on Wednesday, denying sprint fans the chance to see a classic showdown – more so in the home state of Okagbare.
With the 100 metres title now in the bag, Ta Lou will try to consolidate on her global ranking by putting up stronger showings on the IAAF Diamond league circuit later in the year.