200 metres women World Athletics Championships
Who wins 200 metres women at the World Athletics Championships 2019?
Ta Lou hopes to convert silvers into the top prize at the World Championship
A Chelsea fan, Ta Lou was a footballer in school, but instead became an athlete after she realized her sprinting talent.
Eyeing the talent, Florence Onolade started training her for the 100m straight in 2007, before handing her over to Jeannot Kouame, a more experienced trainer.
Talking about her daily routine, Ta Lou said that due to her strict training routine she has no time for anything else. She also said that when not training, she is either sleeping or reading on how to further improve her game.
Ta Lou had a great last year, running 4/10 fastest times of the season and became the top-ranked women’s 100m runner of the year.
The Ivorian athlete loves to train at home instead of United States or European countries, unlike other top sprinters of the continent.
She is focused on the World Championship due to be held later this year, with a strategy of gradually building-up and then keeping her form until the event.
At the 2017 World Championships, she settled for silver in the both 100m and 200m races, with narrowly missing out on gold in the 100m one & making a national record in 200m by clocking at 22.08s. This year she is aiming to convert those silvers into the top prize at the World Championship due to be held in September in Doha.
Talking about her favorite race between 200m and 100m, she said that it depends on the season and that she's hopeful to do better in 200m this year.
Her performance in the recent Diamond League meet held in Lausanne was not bad as she clocked at 10.93 in the 100m race, taking third place behind strong athletes Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Dina Asher-Smith.