Myriam Soumaré on 2013 World Championships in Moscow
October 29, 1986 |
|Height||167 cm (5 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||57 kg (126 lb)|
|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|
100m outdoor: 11.03 s (Zurich, 2014)(-0.4)
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.
European champion on 200 m (2010)
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.
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.
Olympic final (2012)
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.
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.
World silver medal (2013)
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.
After taking a sabbatic year in 2015, she announced she was pregnant and gave birth to a baby boy in October. She suprisingly retired in march 2016, saying she doesn't miss track at the moment.
Results in the finals of international competitions
- Note: Only the position in the final is indicated
†: Disqualified in the final.
- 2007 European Athletics U23 Championships in Debrecen :
- bronze in the 100 m in 11 s 68
- 2009 Mediterranean Games in Pescara
- gold in the 4 x 100 m relay in 43 s 79
- silver in the 100 m in 11 s 46
- 2010 European Athletics Championships in Barcelona :
- gold in the 200 m in 22 s 32 (personal best)
- silver in the 4 x 100 m relay in 42s 45
- bronze in the 100 m in 11 s 18
- 2012 European Athletics Championships in Helsinki :
- bronze in the 200 m in 23 s 21
- 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Gothenburg :
- silver in the 60 m in 7 s 11
- Athlete biography: Myriam Soumaré at the Wayback Machine (archived September 16, 2008), beijing2008.cn, ret: Aug 30, 2008
- "Soumaré – from modest beginnings to triple European medallist". IAAF website. 14 Dec 2010.
- "Le 4x100 français disqualifié". L'Équipe. 9 August 2012.
- "Bulgarian sprinter Tezdzhan Naimova banned for life after testing positive to banned steroid". ABC news. 18 September 2013.
- "Athlétisme : cruelle issue pour Myriam Soumaré aux Mondiaux". La Gazette du Val d'Oise. 21 Aug 2013.