In a dazzling display of love and tradition, Ivorian sprinter Marie-Josée Ta Lou announced on her Instagram account that she is now a married woman. The Olympic athlete, known for her incredible speed on the track, shared the joyous news of her union with her US-based Trinidadian fiancé, J Smith. The couple celebrated their love in a traditional African wedding ceremony that took place on November 16.
The journey to this special day began in 2022 when Ta Lou initially revealed her engagement to J Smith. Fans and well-wishers eagerly awaited the details of their union, and the sprint queen did not disappoint, sharing glimpses of the beautiful ceremony on her social media platform.
Gonezie Marie Josée Dominique Ta Lou, renowned for her prowess in the 100 meters and 200 meters events, captured the hearts of many with her electrifying performances on the track. Despite narrowly missing out on a medal by seven-thousandths of a second (0.007) in both the 100 meters and 200 meters finals at the 2016 Olympic Games, Ta Lou bounced back with a stellar performance at the 2017 World Championships.
At the 2017 World Championships, Ta Lou secured silver medals in both the 100 meters and 200 meters events, with the latter being a particularly noteworthy achievement as she set a national record with a time of 22.08 seconds. Her dedication and hard work have not only earned her numerous accolades but have also solidified her position as a record holder in African sprinting.
One of her most remarkable accomplishments came in 2022 when Ta Lou set a new African record in the 100 meters with an astonishing time of 10.72 seconds. This achievement not only showcased her exceptional speed but also established her as a dominant force in the world of sprinting.