//Murielle Ahoure – The Trailblazer of African Women Sprinting

Murielle Ahoure – The Trailblazer of African Women Sprinting

Murielle Ahouré is an Ivorian sprinter who specializes in the 100 and 200 metres. She was a double silver medalist at the 2013 world championships in Moscow. She came second in both the 100 and 200 meters at this event.

She also won a silver medal at 60 metres event at 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. She was the 2009 NCAA Indoor Champion at 200 metres while running for the University of Miami. Ahouré’s personal best at 100 m is 10.78 (Montverde, USA, 2016) and in 200 m 22.24 (Monaco, 2013).

She holds African records in 100 metres outdoor and in 200 metres indoor. At the 2012 Summer Olympics she placed sixth in the 200 m and seventh in the 100 m.

She ran under seven seconds for the 60 metres in February 2013, becoming the eighth fastest woman ever with her time of 6.99 seconds.

In 2012, she made her international debut for the Ivory Coast at the World Indoor Championships, winning a silver medal in the 60 m, with a new personal best. This was the first World Indoor Athletics for the Ivory Coast. Despite breaking the Ivorian 100 m record again, she was unable to win a medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

In the 2013 indoor athletics season, she broke the African 60 m indoor record with a time of 7.00 seconds. She was undefeated for the entire indoor season. At the 2013 World Athletics Championships, the 200 m was expected to be her stronger event, but she also managed to edge out defending champion Carmelita Jeter to win silver behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the 100 m. In doing so, she became the first Ivorian to win a World Athletics Championships medal and the first African woman to win a medal in the 100 or 200 m at the World Championships. For her successes, she was awarded the rank of Chevalier of the National Order of Merit by President Alassane Ouattara. She was also named the Ivory Coast’s best sportsperson of the year.

At the 2014 African Championships, she lost the 100 m to Blessing Okagbare, but won the 200 m which Okagbare did not participate in.

In 2015, Ahouré won her first Diamond League 100 m at the Oslo meeting. At the World Championships that year, she did not make the 100 m final after finishing 4th in her semi-final, and in doing so aggravated a knee injury which prevented her from running the 200 m.

The knee injury prevented her from training for eight months, causing her to miss the 2016 indoor season. She also moved training group, to Dennis Mitchell’s group in Florida. In March 2016 Ahouré launched her foundation which aims to help bring back sport in school, assist children’s education and empower underprivileged women and children. In June, she claimed the African 100 m record from Blessing Okagbare.

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