Marie-Josée Ta Lou ready for the All-African Games
Marie-Josée Ta Lou ready for the All-African Games

LOS ANGELES, USA (May 26) – The USATF LA Grand Prix showcased the extraordinary talent of Marie-Josee Ta Lou from Ivory Coast and Sha’Carri Richardson from the United States, as they emerged victorious in their respective heats of the women’s 100m event.

In an electrifying performance, Ta Lou dominated heat 2, clocking an impressive time of 10.88 seconds, making her the fastest qualifier for the final. Richardson, on the other hand, claimed the top spot in heat 1 with a strong performance of 10.90 seconds.

Alexa Hobbs of the United States, the only other athlete to dip below the 11-second mark, secured her place in the final with a time of 10.95 seconds, finishing second behind Ta Lou in heat 2.

Morolake Akinosum, also representing the United States, put on a solid performance with a time of 11.12 seconds, following Richardson closely in heat 1.

Jamaica’s Rising Star Alana Reid Makes Her Mark in Women’s 100m Heats at USATF LA Grand Prix

Alana Reid, Jamaica’s esteemed junior sprinter, showcased her talent by securing the third position in the same heat, also clocking 11.12 seconds.

Shashalee Forbes, who recently achieved her first sub-11-second performance in Bermuda, earned a spot in the final with a time of 11.20 seconds, further strengthening Jamaica’s presence in the competition.

Unfortunately, Ashanti Moore (11.28) and Kiara Grant (11.52) fell short of making the final cut, despite their notable efforts. Briana Williams did not start.

The stage is set for an exhilarating final at the USATF LA Grand Prix, where these exceptional athletes will vie for victory and strive to leave a lasting mark on the world of women’s sprinting.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.