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The women’s 100m field at the Doha Diamond League could be likened to an Olympic final, and the race certainly lived up to expectations as Cote d’Ivoire’s Marie Josee Ta Lou took the day with a World Lead (WL) and Personal Best (PB) of 10.85s, shaving 0.01s off her former lifetime best.

Having clocked a scorching wind-aided time of 10.72s earlier this season, Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor set a legal time and Season’s Best (SB) of 10.90s to finish 2nd in the race, while double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson placed 3rd in 10.93s.

Murielle Ahoure and South Africa’s Carina Horn settled for 4th and 5th respectively with 10.96s and 10.98s – a new PB and National Record (NR) for the South African. Dafne Schippers was 6th with an SB of 11.03s.

Yemi Galadima is a Senior Sportswriter and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the African Athletics Championships, African Games, Olympics and World Athletics Championships. She also freelances for World Athletics.


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