Murielle Ahouré in 2012
23 August 1987 |
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||58 kg (128 lb)|
|Event(s)||100 metres, 200 metres|
Murielle Ahouré (born 23 August 1987) is an Ivorian sprinter who specializes in the 100 and 200 metres. She was a double silver medalist at the 2013 world championships in Moscow. She came second in both the 100 and 200 meters at this event.
She also won a silver medal at 60 metres event at 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. She was the 2009 NCAA Indoor Champion at 200 metres while running for the University of Miami. Ahouré's personal best at 100 m is 10.78 (Montverde, USA, 2016) and in 200 m 22.24 (Monaco, 2013).
The stepdaughter of General Mathias Doué, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Ivory Coast, Ahouré travelled a lot in her early life, living in France, China, Japan and Germany, before moving to the United States at the age of 14. She took up athletics in her sophomore year at high school, mostly as a way to make friends. After high school, she studied Criminal Law at George Mason University. In her final year at university, she transferred to the University of Miami to work with Amy Deem. She took the 2009 NCAA indoor 200 m title, with a then world's best time. That year she also twice broke the Ivory Coast 100 m record outdoors.
In 2010, she moved to Houston, after an injury-marred start to the season. She went to train under Allen Powell. In 2011, she again broke the Ivorian record.
In 2012, she made her international debut for the Ivory Coast at the World Indoor Championships, winning a silver medal in the 60 m, with a new personal best. This was the first World Indoor Athletics for the Ivory Coast. Despite breaking the Ivorian 100 m record again, she was unable to win a medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
In the 2013 indoor athletics season, she broke the African 60 m indoor record with a time of 7.00 seconds. She was undefeated for the entire indoor season. At the 2013 World Athletics Championships, the 200 m was expected to be her stronger event, but she also managed to edge out defending champion Carmelita Jeter to win silver behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the 100 m. In doing so, she became the first Ivorian to win a World Athletics Championships medal and the first African woman to win a medal in the 100 or 200 m at the World Championships. For her successes, she was awarded the rank of Chevalier of the National Order of Merit by President Alassane Ouattara. She was also named the Ivory Coast's best sportsperson of the year.
In 2015, Ahouré won her first Diamond League 100 m at the Olso meeting. At the World Championships that year, she did not make the 100 m final after finishing 4th in her semi-final, and in doing so aggravated a knee injury which prevented her from running the 200 m.
The knee injury prevented her from training for eight months, causing her to miss the 2016 indoor season. She also moved training group, to Dennis Mitchell's group in Florida. In March 2016 Ahouré launched her foundation which aims to help bring back sport in school, assist children's education and empower underprivileged women and children. In June, she reclaimed the African 100 m record from Blessing Okagbare.
|Representing Ivory Coast|
|2012||World Indoor Championships||Istanbul, Turkey||2nd||60 m||7.04|
|Olympic Games||London, United Kingdom||7th||100 m||11.00|
|2013||World Championships||Moscow, Russia||2nd||100 m||10.93|
|2014||World Indoor Championships||Sopot, Poland||2nd||60 m||7.01|
|African Championships||Durban, South Africa||2nd||100 m||11.03|
|2015||World Championships||Beijing, China||9th (sf)||100 m||10.98|
|2016||African Championships||Durban, South Africa||1st||100 m||10.99|
|3rd||4 × 100 m relay||44.29|
|Olympic Games||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||10th (sf)||100 m||11.01|
|12th (sf)||200 m||22.59|
|2017||World Championships||London, United Kingdom||4th||100 m||10.98|
|2018||World Indoor Championships||Birmingham, United Kingdom||1st||60 m||6.97|
|Outdoor||100 metres||10.78||11 June 2016||Montverde, USA|||
|200 metres||22.24||19 July 2013||Monaco|
|Indoor||60 metres||6.97||2 March 2018||Birmingham, England||6th of all time, AR|