Two-time World Championship silver medallist, Marie-Josee Ta-Lou produced a magnificent performance on Friday, running one of the fastest women’s 100 metres in Olympic Games history.

The 32-year-old Ivorian coasted a personal best of 10.78 seconds [joint fourth quickest legal 100m ever seen at the Games], excluding those that have exceeded wind assistance limits or been wiped from the record books because of doping.

Speaking in a post race interview, the fastest African said she was actually shocked to have ran at that top speed in the heat event:

“Surprise, surprise. I’m in shock actually. I know I’m ready,” she said

“I will be re-focusing on my run because I really didn’t expect to run as fast as I just did. And 10.78, it’s great.”

But when asked whether advancing spike technology had helped the Ivorian sprinter said no:

“No, I don’t think so because I feel the same way when I wear other shoes. This one was not making me run really fast. It’s only the colours.”

By James K. Attaglo Wilson