African sprint heroines - Murielle Ahoure, Blessing Okagbare - hail start of new era

Ahoure, who said earlier in the week her fame is such in the Ivory Coast that she is known as 'the female Drogba' after the iconic footballer, has said she wants to act as a role model for budding African athletes. Okagbare, who trains with America's 100m world champion from 2011, Carmelita Jeter, admits that her second medal of the week in what was her third final carried more than personal significance.

updated: August 17, 2013 09:26 IST
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Moscow: Women's sprinting has entered a new era, declared African duo Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast and Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare after they won the continent's first ever medals in a women's world 200 metres final on Friday in Moscow.

Ahoure, 25, took her second silver of the World Athletics Championships, having become the first African woman to win a medal in the world 100m final, in a photo finish with Okagbare behind Jamaica's 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

Both of them may train in the United States and have American accents -- Ahoure has lived in America since she was a child after arriving from the Ivory Coast via a brief stay in France -- but they are Africans to the core.

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