Tokyo Olympics: Ivory Coast's Marie-Josee Ta Lou storms Olympic 100m final

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Ivory Coast's Marie-Josee Ta Lou (centre) wins her 100m semi-final at the Tokyo OlympicsIvory Coast's Marie-Josee Ta Lou (centre) won her 100m semi-final at the Tokyo Olympics

Ivory Coast sprinter Marie-Josee Ta Lou qualifies for the women's 100m final with her second fastest time ever.

BBC Sport Africa will be updating this page with the highlights for the continent on day eight of the Tokyo Olympics.

Athletics afternoon session

Ivory Coast's Marie-Josee Ta Lou ran another fast time to qualify for Saturday's final of the women's 100m as she won her semi-final.

Ta Lou clocked a time of 10.79 just one hundredth slower than her heat on Friday, when she equalled the African record held by her compatriot Murielle Ahoure, who failed to qualify for the final.

Grace Nzubechi Nwokocha from Nigeria also failed to progress from the semi-finals.

Ta Lou will come up against a formidable Jamaican trio of two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shericka Jackson.

Athletics morning session

South Africa's Wanda Nel finished third in her heat for the women's 400m hurdles to qualify automatically for Monday's semi-finals.

Kenya's Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich was the fastest qualifier from the heats of the men's 800m to reach Sunday's semi-finals.

The other African athletes to qualify automatically were Botswana's 2012 Olympic silver medallist Nijel Amos, Tunisia's Abdessalem Ayouni, as well as two more Kenyans - Michael Saruni and Emmanuel Korir.

While Moroccan duo Oussama Nabil and Abdelati El Guesse, who set a personal best, both progressed as fastest losers.

In the women's 100m hurdles Nigeria's Amusan Tobi reached Saturday's semi-finals with the seventh fastest time with Liberia's Ebony Morrion also progressing as a fastest loser.


Nigeria's men have been knocked out of the Olympics after suffering a third straight defeat in Group B as they lost 80-71 to Italy.

D'Tigers had gone into the Tokyo Games with high hopes after beating both the USA and Argentina in warm-up matches before travelling to Japan.

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