Ta Lou, Schippers set to explode at Diamond League in Rabat

Author: Rosalind K. Amoh
Rabat, next stop of IAAF Diamond League
Rabat, next stop of IAAF Diamond League

Cote d'Ivoire's Marie-Josée Ta Lou, Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor and The Netherlands' Dafne Schippers come face to face for the first time this season as they strive to earn more points for the Diamond Trophy.

The three clash for the first time this season in the 100m race at the sixth stop of the International Athletics Associations Federations (IAAF) Diamond League in Rabat on Sunday.

While Ta Lou, a double world silver medallist in 2017, is hoping to produce the fine form that saw her  narrowly miss out to compatriot Murielle Ahouré in a thrilling battle for the Diamond Trophy last season, Schippers and Okagbare-Ighoteguonor will be out to reclaim their places among the elite sprinters in the League .

The three ladies are the stand-out athletes and they headline the pack of 12 athletes who have entered for this race.

Marie-Josee Ta Lou

The Ivorian has a Season's Best (SB) time of 11.14secs and a Personal Best (PB)  time of 10.85secs continued her fine form last season from the 2017 World Championships, where she won the silver in the 100 m, narrowly missing out on gold, having led for most of the race. She then followed this up with another silver medal in the 200M, setting a new National Record of 22.08 in the process.

Denied 200m glory at the 2017 World Championships by Schippers, Ta Lou has been looking forward to an opportunity to make amends and Rabat seems to present a fine chance.

Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor

Okagbare-Ighoteguonor the Women's 100 metres Commonwealth Games record holder, returns to the League after missing out for two season, hoping to pick up from where she left off last season as a gold medalists with Nigeria's 4 x 100m relay team at the African Championship in Asa, desperate to regain her former form.

She comes into the race with 11.07secs as her SB and 10.79secs for her PB.

Dafne Schippers eyes the Diamond League Trophy

For Schippers, whose best times are  11.06secs (SB) and10.81secs (PB) respectively, it will be another chance to add to her impressive showing in the sprint events.

The 2016 European Athletics Championships gold medalist  as well as the gold medalist in the 200m race at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics in London, the Dutch sprint queen is yet to make an impact in the Diamond League and is hoping a good show this season will help set the tone for the 2020 Olympics.