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CÔTE D’IVOIRE/ Murielle Ahouré : Divine surprise

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By winning a silver medal in the 60m event at the world indoor athletics championships in Instanbul, 24-year old Murielle Ahouré seems to have revived Ivorian athletics which has been fading away for the past years. It had been long since Cote d’Ivoire took part in such a sprint event. Probably, since the exceptional days of the 400m specialist, late Gabriels Tiacoh, 400m silver medalist at the 1984 Olympic games in Los Angeles It is worthy to mention that the Abidjan native who lives and trains in Houston, in the United States has been defending the colours of Cote d’Ivoire for just months. She had long be contemplating of wearing the French colours. However, the slow paces of the French administration forced her to abandon the option given that she did not want to miss her first international competition. She did not hide her feelings when interviewed at the beginning of 2012: “I am aiming for gold in Istanbul. I was hoping to represent France but the deadlines were too short to carry out all the procedures.” Exit France, and long live Cote d’Ivoire! For sure , the decision to chose Cote d’Ivoire, which is natural,has pushed many to voice their opinions in France as well as Cote d’Ivoire. The athlete’s decision was criticized on several discussion forums. However, the Ivorian athletics family welcomed a future champion and for sure an indispensable locomotive for its development.Though her brilliant talent could be noticed two years ago, when she established the Ivorian 100m record in 11”09, during an American regional university meeting in Houston, it is in 2011 and 2012 that the athlete stepped up her talent. On May 15, 2011, during a meeting organized in Greensboro, she improved on her outdoor record (11”06) before continuing the job this year at the indoors. In the space of three months, she has gained five seconds in the 60m event (7”09 à 7”04). At Istanbul, where the best American and Jamaican athletes were present, she showed prove of her authority by winning her series at the semi finals before finishing runner-up at the finals ahead of Veronica Campbell-Brown. The silver medal has made the Ivorian a proud lady. She was aiming for the podium and eventually achieved her objective: “to be amongst the first three in my first participation will be great” – she said before the start of the championships in Istanbul, “I trained a lot this year and I had a superb and exceptional season, so I hope to win a medal here.”


The journey has just started for Murielle Ahouré.She will have to confirm on the tracks her indoor know-how

She is left with four months to produce a performance in the 100m event (maybe 200m) before hoping to rival the best athletes in the world. She has many of them ahead of her to surpass their time. With her 11”06 on her 100m event in Greensboro on May 15 2011, is occupies the 49th position on the world ranking. On the African scene, Nigeria’s Oludamola Osayomi (10”99) is still ahead of her. If she takes part at the European summer meetings, the African championships scheduled for Morocco, then she will have an idea of what to expect at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Profile
Born on 23 August 1987 in Abidjan
Spéciality : Sprint : 60 m (indoor), 100 m, 200 m (track)
Indoor records: 60 m : 7”07
Track records: 100 m: 11”06 . 200 m : 22”78 ( in Lafayette on 11 June 2009
Titles:
60 m Silver medalist at the World Indoor Championships

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