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Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba Breaks the World Record in the 2,000 Meters

Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba broke the 2,000-meter world record, running 5:21.56 in Zagreb on Tuesday, September 14. The previous record, 5:23.75, was set by Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba in 2017. This record is the latest in a string of impressive performances for Niyonsaba, a DSD athlete who has started competing in longer...
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Francine Niyonsaba: Burundi runner sets new 2,000m world record in Zagreb

Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba set a new 2,000m world record at the Continental Tour Gold meeting in Zagreb. Her time of five minutes 21.56 seconds was two seconds faster than the record set by Genzebe Dibaba indoors in 2017. Niyonsaba, a world and Olympic silver medal winner over 800m, is among...

Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba, who has an intersex condition, breaks world record

(CNN) — Burundian runner Francine Niyonsaba, who has an intersex condition, broke a world record on Tuesday. The 28-year-old set a new 2,000m record at a Continental Tour Gold meeting in Zagreb, Croatia, breaking the previous record by more than two seconds. Niyonsaba finished with a time of 5:21.26, surpassing Genzebe Dibaba's 2017 record.

Francine Niyonsaba breaks 2,000m world record

In her last race of the season, Francine Niyonsaba broke the women’s world record in the 2,000m, running 5:21.56 at the Continental Tour meet in Zagreb, Croatia. Although this distance is uncommon at most track meets, her time is outstanding, as she averaged 2:40 per kilometre during the race, hitting the one-mile marker in 4:17.

Pre Classic roundup: Francine Niyonsaba has record-setting return to Eugene

There was a record set during the opening night of the Prefontaine Classic. It just wasn’t by the women gunning for one. Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba, a one-time Eugene resident who has had to take her talents to longer distances since winning an Olympic silver medal in the 800 in 2016, won the 2-mile Friday in meet and Hayward Field record of 9:00.75.

Francine Niyonsaba runs 10,000m Olympic standard at Ethiopian Trials

Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba, the 800m silver medallist at the Rio Olympics, qualified for the 10,000m at the Tokyo Games on Tuesday after running under Olympic standard at the Ethiopian Trials in Hengelo, the Netherlands. The race was Niyonsaba’s first at the distance, but her 31:08.51 finish beat the Burundian national 10,000m record by 20 seconds. Longer races are still quite new to the previously middle-distance specialist, but a 2019 World Athletics ruling now prevents Niyonsaba and other athletes with DSD (differences of sexual development) from competing in any event between 400m and the mile, as officials determined that the higher-than-usual (but natural) testosterone levels in these athletes gives them an unfair advantage over their competitors.

Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba achieves 5,000m Olympic qualifying time

Burundi's Fancine Niyonsaba attained the Olympic qualification time for the 5,000m at a meeting in Montreuil France. She ran a time of 14 minutes 54.38, which is also a new national record, as she finished fourth in the race to easily better the Olympic qualifying time of 15:10.00. It was...

Francine Niyonsaba smashes Olympic standard in second-career 5,000m race

In just the second 5,000m race of her career, Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba smashed the Olympic standard of 15:10.00, running to a 14:54.38 finish at the Meeting de Montreuil in France. With the result, she has likely booked her ticket to the Tokyo Games, as she is the only Burundian athlete to have hit 5,000m standard so far this qualifying period. Niyonsaba is an athlete with DSD (differences of sexual development), and although she is an Olympic 800m silver medallist, a recent World Athletics (WA) rule change bars her from competing in anything from the 400m up to the mile due to her naturally high levels of testosterone.

Francine Niyonsaba runs 5,000m debut, finishes just off Olympic standard in 15:12.08

World and Olympic 800m silver medallist Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi raced a 5,000m in Spain on May 22, and she finished with a national record of 15:12.08. Niyonsaba’s result was just off the Olympic standard of 15:10.00, and it was her first official race over 5,000m. Like South Africa’s Caster Semenya, Niyonsaba is an athlete with DSD (differences of sexual development), and a 2019 World Athletics ruling prevents her from competing in any events from 400m up to the mile.

Francine Niyonsaba bids to race 5,000 at Tokyo Olympics

Francine Niyonsaba, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist in the women’s 800m, announced this week that she will be attempting to qualify for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics in the 5,000m after being barred from running any event between 400m and the mile unless she takes testosterone-suppressing measures. The 27-year-old from Burundi...