Murielle Ahoure, a rising sprinter on the international lane

Current African Record holder in Women’s 200m indoor, Murielle Ahoure, is making her mark on the international scene as she has already grabbed two medals since taking part in her first international competition in March 2012. She will be one to watch at the 2012 Olympics in the 100m and 200m events

Born on August 23, 1987 in the Ivorian capital city, Abidjan, Murielle Ahoure moved to France at the age of two and stayed there till when she was twelve. She then travelled to the United States to continue her studies. Ahoure fell in love with athletics at the age of 17 while still in the University. In May 2006, she participated in her first competition, the U.S National Championships where she did 11.42 in the 100m race. She didn’t give up the chase for excellent performance in spite of her time in the first race. Two years after that, her perseverance paid off. She stole the show at the NC where she finished first ahead of some of the world’s top runners. The following year, She was the 2009 NCAA Indoor Champion at 200 metres while running for the University of Miami. She finished first in 22.78 (her personal best in 200m). The Ivorian Arrow, as she is popularly known on the lane, started training seriously for international competitions as she kept a low profile for the following two years participating in championships within the United States. When she sprang to the international scene in March 2012, she came second (7, 04) in the 60m at the 2012 IAAF World indoor Championships that took place in Istanbul, Turkey. Her best personal 100m outdoor record (11, 00) was set in May of the same year in Rome, Italy, when she beat Jamaican born 2008 Olympic medallists, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Kerron Stewart and Sherone Simpson. Still holding tight to excellence, Ahoure went ahead to perform her best time in 200m outdoor (22, 42) in Bislett, Oslo, July 2012. She reached the finish line before the Jamaican trio for the second time in three months.

The African Queen is presently the Ivorian champion (11, 00) in the 100m outdoor race and the continent’s fastest sprinter (22, 42) in the 200m indoor event. She is currently ranked 8th in the Women’s 100m event and occupies the 33rd position on the general classification table of athletes. What more surprises does Cote d’Ivoire’s Murielle Ahoure have in store for lovers of sports during the 2012 London Olympics Games? Hopes are rising. Everyone is waiting...

Murielle Ahoure
Born on August 23, 1987
Specialty: 100m and 200m
100m personal best, 11.00 (Rome, 2012)
200 m personal best 22.78 (2009)

2009: NCAA Indoor Champion at 200 metres
2012: Silver medal at the 60m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Istanbul

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