Francine Niyonsaba, Portland 2016 WC gold, leads team from Burundi


Niyonsaba_FrancineFV-Worlds16.jpgFrancine Niyonsaba wins Portland 2016, photo by

BUJUMBURA (BDI): Defending champion in women 800 m Francine Niyonsaba leads the team of Burundi. Two other members are Antoine Gakeme for men´s 800 m and Thierry Ndikumwenayo for 3000 m.

RunBlogRun opines: I have an affection for athletes from newer nations. Burundi is a small African country with an amazing history in athletics. Remember Venuste Niyongabo? Venuste took the 1,500m in Goteborg, then, the 5,000 meters in Atlanta. Now a manager for Nike in Italy, Venuste was one of my first interviews of global athletes. My school boy French helped me with Venuste then, who spoke French and a bit of English.

Francine Niyonsaba is a tremendous talent in the 800 meters. She will be formidable in Birmingham.

Niyonsaba_FrancineFH-Lausanne17.jpgVenuste Niyonsaba, photo by

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