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Tokyo Olympics: Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou storms into Olympic 100m final

Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou (centre) won her 100m semi-final at the Tokyo OlympicsIvory Coast sprinter Marie-Josee Ta Lou qualifies for the women’s 100m final with her second fastest time ever.Ivory Coast have been knocked out of the men’s football by Spain, who needed extra-time to eventually win the match 5-2.BBC Sport Africa will be updating this page with the highlights for the continent on day eight of the Tokyo Olympics.Athletics afternoon sessionIvory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou ran another fast time to qualify for Saturday’s final of the women’s 100m as she won her semi-final.Ta Lou clocked a time of 10.79 just one hundredth slower than her heat on Friday, when she equalled the African record held by her compatriot Murielle Ahoure, who failed to qualify for the final.Grace Nzubechi Nwokocha from Nigeria also failed to progress from the semi-finals.Ta Lou will come up against a formidable Jamaican trio of two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shericka Jackson. Athletics morning sessionSouth Africa’s Wanda Nel finished third in her heat for the women’s 400m hurdles to qualify automatically for Monday’s semi-finals.Kenya’s Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich was the fastest qualifier from the heats of the men’s 800m to reach Sunday’s semi-finals.The other African athletes to qualify automatically were Botswana’s 2012 Olympic silver medallist Nijel Amos, Tunisia’s Abdessalem Ayouni, as well as two more Kenyans – Michael Saruni and Emmanuel Korir.While Moroccan duo Oussama Nabil and Abdelati El Guesse, who set a personal best, both progressed as fastest losers.In the women’s 100m hurdles Nigeria’s Amusan Tobi reached Saturday’s semi-finals with the seventh fastest time with Liberia’s Ebony Morrion also progressing as a fastest loser.FootballSpain celebrate their fifth goal against Ivory Coast in the quarter-finals of the men’s football at the Tokyo OlympicsIvory Coast have been knocked out of the men’s football by Spain, who needed extra-time to eventually win the match 5-2.The Ivorians were minutes away from reaching the semi-finals of the men’s football but Spain scored a late equaliser to make it 2-2 and force extra-time.Manchester United defender Eric Bailly gave the Ivorians the lead after just three minutes before Dani Olmo equalised on the half-hour mark,Turkey-based Max Gradel looked like he had won the game for Ivory Coast with a goal in the first minute of added time at the end of the match only for Rafa Mir to equalize for Spain moment later.Spain took the lead in the first period of extra-time when Mikel Oyarzabal converted a penalty after a handball by Bailly.Mir added two more goals in the second-half of extra-time to complete his hat-trick and confirm Spain’s place in the last four.BasketballNigeria’s men have been knocked out of the Olympics after suffering a third straight defeat in Group B as they lost 80-71 to Italy.D’Tigers had gone into the Tokyo Games with high hopes after beating both the USA and Argentina in warm-up matches before travelling to Japan.Beach VolleyballKenya’s Gaudencia Makokha and Bracksides Khadambi are out of the women’s event after losing once again, this time 2-0 (21-6, 21-14) to Latvia’s Tina Graudina and Anastasjia Kravcenoka in the women’s event.BoxingRady Garmane failed in her bid to become only the second Mozambican athlete to ever win an Olympic medal along with 800m great Maria Mutola, who won gold in Sydney 2000 after claiming bronze four years earlier in Atlanta.She lost 4-1 on points to Zemfira Magomedalieva from the Russian Olympic Committee team in Saturday’s quarter-finals.



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