Myriam Soumaré

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Myriam Soumaré
Myriam Soumare by Augustas Didzgalvis.jpg
Myriam Soumaré on 2013 World Championships in Moscow
Personal information
Nationality  France
Born (1986-10-29) October 29, 1986 (age 28)
Paris, France
Height 167 cm
Weight 57 kg
Sport
Sport sprinting
Event(s) 50 metres, 60 metres, 100 metres, 200 metres, 400 metres, 4 x 100 m relay, 4 x 400 m relay
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

100m outdoor: 11.07 s (London, 2012)(+0.4)

200m outdoor: 22.32 s (Barcelona, 2010)(+0.1)

Myriam Soumaré (born 29 October 1986) is a French track and field sprinter.[1]

Soumaré made her Olympic debut at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She competed in only one event - the 4 x 100 meters relay together with Muriel Hurtis-Houairi, Lina Jacques-Sébastien and Carima Louami. In their first round heat they did not finish and were eliminated, due to a mistake with the baton exchange.[1]

In her debut World Championships appearance at 2009, Soumaré took part in only one event - the 100 metres. She was eliminated in the quarter-finals of that event.

At the 2010 European Championships - her debut appearance in the European Championships - in Barcelona, Soumaré won the gold medal in the 200 metres with a time of 22.32 seconds in lane 8, shaving her previous personal best time by 0.69 second in doing so. She also won the 4 x 100 metres relay silver medal and the 100 metres bronze medal with a personal best time of 11.18 seconds, which was an improvement of 0.16 second over her previous personal best time.[2]

At the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, Soumaré participated in three events - the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 x 100 metres relay. She was eliminated in the semi-finals of the 100 and 200 metres events. Her 4 x 100 metres relay team finished in fourth place in the final.

Soumaré represented France in three events at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London: 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m relay. She finished seventh in the 200m final in a time of 22.63 sec. She achieved the 11th fastest time in the 100m semi-finals and thus did not qualify for the final. In the first round heats of the 4 x 100m relay, her team botched its last two baton exchanges and was disqualified for out-of-zone baton exchange.[3]

Soumaré was the 200 metres runner-up of the 2012 IAAF Diamond League, behind Charonda Williams.

Soumaré won her first European Indoor Championships medal at the 2013 European Indoor Championships - a silver for the 60 metres. She had initially won the bronze. But the initial winner of the 60m final, Tezdzhan Naimova, was stripped of her gold medal after being found guilty of doping during the competition. Soumaré was thus elevated to receive the silver medal.[4]

At the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Soumaré took part in three events - the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 x 100 metres relay. She was eliminated in the semi-finals of the 100 and 200 metres events. Her 4 x 100 metres relay team finished the third fastest among the 19 national teams taking part in the heats, and thus qualified for the final. In the final, the French team - consisting of Céline Distel-Bonnet, Ayodelé Ikuesan, Soumaré and Stella Akakpo running in the first, second, third and fourth legs respectively - finished the race in second position (42.73 seconds) behind Jamaica. The French relay team members were duly presented their silver medals during the medal ceremony. After the medal ceremony, the British team filed a protest against the French team, claiming that the latter had an out-of-zone baton handover between Ikuesan and Soumaré. More than two hours after the race, the French relay team was officially disqualified. The French delegation appealed against their disqualification, but it was in vain. Consequently, the American team was upgraded to the silver medal and the British team received the bronze medal. Bernard Amsalem, the president of the Fédération française d'athlétisme, called the French team's disqualification "an outrage". He explained that normally the decision to disqualify a team had to be made before the medal ceremony and teams had to file protests within thirty minutes from the end of the race.[5]

Results in the finals of international competitions[edit]

  • Note: Only the position in the final is indicated
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2007 European Athletics U23 Championships Debrecen, Hungary 3rd 100 m
2009 Mediterranean Games Pescara, Italy 1st 4x100 m relay
2009 Mediterranean Games Pescara, Italy 2nd 100 m
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 1st 200 m
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 2nd 4 x 100 m relay
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 3rd 100 m
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 7th 60 m
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 7th 60 m
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 4th 4 x 100 m relay
2012 Olympic Games London, England 7th 200 m
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd 200 m
2013 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 2nd 60 metres
2013 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 4th 4 x 400 m relay
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia disqualified 4 x 100 m relay
2013 European Team Championships Gateshead, England 2nd 100 m
2013 European Team Championships Gateshead, England 2nd 200 m

Medal record[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Athlete biography: Myriam Soumaré at the Wayback Machine (archived September 16, 2008), beijing2008.cn, ret: Aug 30, 2008
  2. ^ "Soumaré – from modest beginnings to triple European medallist". IAAF website. 14 Dec 2010. 
  3. ^ "Le 4x100 français disqualifié". L'Équipe. 9 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bulgarian sprinter Tezdzhan Naimova banned for life after testing positive to banned steroid". ABC news. 18 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Athlétisme : cruelle issue pour Myriam Soumaré aux Mondiaux". La Gazette du Val d'Oise. 21 Aug 2013. 

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