Francine Niyonsaba: Burundi runner units new 2,000m world file in Zagreb

Francine Niyonsaba held off the problem of Ethiopia’s Freweyni Hailu on the way in which the setting the brand new 2,000m world file

Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba set a brand new 2,000m world file on the Continental Tour Gold assembly in Zagreb.

Her time of 5 minutes 21.56 seconds was two seconds quicker than the file set by Genzebe Dibaba indoors in 2017.

Niyonsaba, a world and Olympic silver medal winner over 800m, is amongst a number of athletes banned from competing between 400m and 1500m due to naturally excessive ranges of testosterone.

The 28-year-old says she has saved competing to “encourage others”.

Whereas Niyonsaba is one in every of various of athletes who’ve been pressured to alter occasions by a 2019 ruling by governing physique World Athletics, she has excelled over longer distances.

Her world file run, which additionally broke the out of doors file set by Eire’s Sonia O’Sullivan in 1994, got here every week after claiming victory over 5,000m within the Diamond League assembly in Zurich.

On the Tokyo Olympics she completed fifth within the 10,000m closing, however was disqualified from her 5,000m warmth for a lane infringement.

Later in the summertime she grew to become the fifth-fastest girl of all time over 3,000m.

The two,000m has by no means been held at an Olympics or World Championships however is commonly featured at observe and subject conferences.

Morocco’s Hicham El Guerrouj set the lads’s world file in 1999.

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