Games having been postponed to 2021. Far from being disappointed, Talou believes that health is far more important than any Olympic medal “I have been training since the Rio Games to get to this competition, but I am not really bothered because it concerns my health and that of everyone. It’s better to be precautious than to hope to make the Olympics and have deaths troubling our conscience,” she told RFI.
Marie Josee Talou holds the 200 m record in Côte d’Ivoire. She has pulled off some feats, including being ranked in the first two positions in 100 and 200 metres at the World Championships in 2017 in London, 3rd in the Diamond League in 2019, 3rd in the World Athletics Championships in Doha (2019).