Ivorian sprint queen – Gonezie Marie Josée Dominique Ta Lou is shaping herself up for maiden Olympic 100m medal in Tokyo.

The African sprint act who missed out on a medal in the women’s 100m by just seven-thousandths of a second [0.007] at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio clocked 11.48 seconds to finish 3rd at the Müller Grand Prix Gateshead yesterday.

The preparatory event which serves as a dress rehearsal to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games witnessed some of the best athletes face-off under an unfavorable weather conditions on Sunday, where the Ivorian toppled world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, but came behind the USA’s Sha Carri Richardson [11.44] seconds, and the eventual winner Dina Asher-Smith [11.35] seconds.

Having performed creditably well at the 2016 summer Games, Ta Lou went ahead to make a statement at the 2017 World Championships in the UK, winning silver medals in the women’s 100 and 200 metres.

Ta Lou’s next event prior to the Tokyo Olympics is the Diamond League in Doha on May 28 where she’s expected to face the likes of Elaine Thompson-Herah and Sha Carri Richardson.