Iron Biby, Koala and Zango, the three champions who make Burkina Faso dream

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Poorly performing in collective disciplines, Burkina Faso is comforted by the individual trajectories of some very high level champions.

Since the surprise qualification of the Stallions in the final of the African Cup of Nations (CAN) 2013, Burkinabè supporters have rarely seen their national teams shine internationally. In football as in other disciplines, the Land of honest men must deal with so many budgetary priorities that the Ministry of Sports and Recreation has few means to perpetuate infrastructure, competitions, training or scholarships.

There remains then the individual embodiment, like that of the former African boxing champion Nabaloum Dramane, known as Boum-Boum, or that of the ace of the round ball Bertrand Traoré, who appears in the current top 30 of best paid footballers in France.

However, in less publicized sports, three Burkinabè athletes collect medals and records: Marthe Koala, Iron Biby and Hugues Fabrice Zango. Portraits.

Marthe Koala, determined runner

Marthe Kaola, the heptathlon specialist, during a long jump event in Doha in 2019.

At the beginning of February, at the indoor Metz meeting in Metz, Marthe Yasmine Koala broke the Burkinabe record of the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8 seconds 13, winning at the same time the test of the competition.

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