By El-Amisty Nobo|| Follow Amisty on twitter @ElAmistyNobo
Chaotic preparations and several flight delays might have heralded the start of the 21st African Senior Championships in Asaba [Nigeria] but that did not change the equation as to who wins the women’s 100m finals as the original suspect – Marie Josee Ta Lou coasted 11.15 seconds to win gold.
The 2017 World Athletics Championship silver medalist [Ta Lou] could not beat her 10.85 sec time, but nonetheless protected her position to avoid any surprise in the absence of Blessing Okagbare who withdrew before the start of the competition due to injury.
Ghana’s Janet Amponsah wowed the crowd as she stormed to second place with a time of 11.54 seconds.
Meanwhile, Joy Udo-Gabriel gave the home crowd something to cheer about as she took the bronze in 11.58 seconds.
Born on November 18, 1988 in Bouaflé [Cote d’Ivoire], Ta Lou shot to fame at the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio [Brazil] where she finished fourth in both the 100 and the 200m finals.
In fact, the Ivorian finished with the same time as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the 100m finals, but Ta Lou lost the bronze in a photo-finish by 0.007. That is, 10.852 to 10.859 seconds.