A familiar sight at the end of a race in which Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Ivorian athlete Marie-Josée Ta Lou participates is of the two sprinters hugging and congratulating each other regardless of placement in the race.
Ta Lou, missed out on a medal at the 2016 Olympic Games when she finished fourth in the 100 and 200-metre sprints. She also did not medal at the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics, once again finishing fourth behind the Jamaican trio of Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson. At two subsequent Diamond league meets, Ta Lou also finished fourth behind the Jamaican athletes.
Nonetheless, in a spirit of true sportsmanship, she’s often seen congratulating the winners. And it turns out, she and Fraser-Pryce are not only fierce competitors but friends off the track as well.
On Friday, after announcing that she will not be competing at the Paris Diamond League race because she was tired, the second-fastest woman alive took to social media to celebrate her friendship with Ta Lou.
“As a new crop of athletes enter the arena, I’m grateful to be able to compete with familiar faces. We’ve both been doing this a long time and through it all, she has brought not only her competitiveness but also her compassion,” Fraser-Pryce wrote.
She also shared photos of the two competing and celebrating together including an adorable photo of Ta Lou kissing her son Zyon on the cheek.
“Just want you all to know Talou continues to lead both the 100 & 200 Diamond League Standings for the Diamond Trophy,” she added in the comments.
And her fans were here for the show of love between these two talented athletes.
Thanks for loving each other, in this industry we appreciate you icon ladies international and local. You inspire many young generation #oneloveafricans. As a Ugandan i appreciate,” one commented.
“We love Marie Jose Talou…..she’s a legend. I like how she treats you with love and respect SFP, and you the same to her ,” another added.