Élodie Ouédraogo

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Élodie Ouédraogo
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Personal information
Born (1981-02-27) February 27, 1981 (age 33)
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 61 kg (134 lb)
Sport
Country  Belgium
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 400m Hurdles

Élodie Ouédraogo (born 27 February 1981 in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode) is a Belgian sprinter of Burkinabé descent, who specializes in the 200 metres[1] and 400 m hurdles. Her personal best time in the 200 m is 23.11 seconds, achieved in July 2004 in Brussels, Her personal best in the 400 m hurdles is 55.20, achieved at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[2]

Her best in the 100 metres is 11.40, making her the joint third fastest Belgian women after Kim Gevaert and Olivia Borlée and equalling Nancy Callaerts. Her 200 metres best ranks her fourth amongst Belgian women after Gevaert, Borlée and Hanna Mariën. Her 400 m hurdles best places her as the second fastest Belgian woman over the distance, after Ann Marcken.

She qualified for the semi-finals of the 400m hurdles at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Ouédraogo is engaged to cartoon artist Jeroom.

Athletic career[edit]

In Ouédraogo's early career she concentrated on the 100 m hurdles, and participated in the 2000 World Junior Championships. She set a national record of 13.87 seconds for Burkina Faso, the country she represented until 2000.[3] Her personal best time while competing for Belgium is 13.34 seconds, achieved in August 2003 in Jambes. Her Burkinabé national record was surpassed by Béatrice Kamboulé in 2007.[4]

Ouédraogo finished sixth in the 4 x 100 metres relay at the 2004 Summer Olympics with teammates Katleen De Caluwé, Lien Huyghebaert and Kim Gevaert. Ouédraogo also won the bronze medal at the 2005 Summer Universiade. At the 2007 World Championships she won a bronze medal in the 4x100 m relay with teammates Olivia Borlée, Hanna Mariën and Kim Gevaert, setting another national record.

Ouédraogo represented Belgium at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She competed at the 4 x 100 m relay together with Gevaert, Mariën and Borlée. In their first-round heat they placed first in front of Great Britain, Brazil and Nigeria. Their time of 42.92 seconds was the third time overall out of sixteen participating nations. In the finals they finished in second place behind Russia in a national record time of 42.54 seconds.[1]

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