BUJUMBURA (BDI): Defending champion in women 800 m Francine Niyonsaba leads the team of Burundi. Two other members are Antoine Gakeme for menÂ´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.