Murielle Ahouré of the Ivory Coast sprinted to an emotional and historic 60m title at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018.
Ahouré said she was thinking of her father who has died in the last year as she came home in 6.97 seconds to win her country their first ever gold at the championships.
Compatriot Marie-Josée Ta Lou sealed a great night for the Ivory Coast with silver ahead of Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambundj. Both athletes clocked 7.05 in a desperately close finish to the prestigious event.
But the focus was on Ahouré who was close to tears after the race when the emotion of her victory began to sink in.
“This last year has been so difficult with my father. I knew he was watching from up there,” she said. “I was talking to him before the race, saying 'please Dad help me in the race.' I couldn't get a gold medal when he was alive. I have so much pent-up up emotion now.”
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