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Ivory Coast’s Arthur Gue Cissé was in a good form on Friday competing at the Doha Diamond League, setting the track alight with an impressive victory in the men’s 200m.

Cissé pulled clear of everyone on the field, crossing the line in 20.23s (+0.9m/s) to win the race. It was not just a new Personal Best for him, but also a new Ivorian Record, a performance that would have earned him the 200m Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification, if the qualification window was open.

That good race saw Cissé better the Ivorian National Record (NR) by two-hundredths of a second, surpassing Wilfried Hua Koffi’s 6-year record of 20.25s which he ran in 2014 at the African Athletics Championships in Marrakesh.

Cissé also chalked off almost half a second off his former PB of 20.77s, finishing ahead of Julian Forte who was 2nd and posting a Season’s Best (SB) of 20.39s, with veteran French athlete, Christophe Lemaitre finishing 3rd in 20.68s.

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