It was a sizzling performance from Ivorian female sprint super star – Gonezie Marie Josée Dominique Ta Lou on Friday having coasted a personal best of 10.78 seconds in heat 4 of the women’s 100m preliminary round at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium in Japan.

The 32-year-old who finished fourth in both 100m and the 200m final at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio made a bold statement after finishing first ahead of Daryl Neita [10.96] and Crystal Emmanuel [11.18].

What is more, her time was the fastest in the whole women’s 100m heat, better that Elaine Thompson-Herah’s 10.82 seconds, and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s 10.84 seconds.

In Rio, Ta-Lou missed 100m medal by just seven-thousandths of a second [0.007] and running 10.78 means the Ivorian could be a threat to Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson-Herah who won gold in both the 100m and 200m race at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Meanwhile, her compatriot – Murielle Ahouré also finished third in heat 1 behind Teahna Daniels and Dina Asher-Smith, picking an automatic qualification into the semifinal phase.

By James K. Attaglo Wilson