On Tuesday 14 September, Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, hosts the Continental Tour Gold. The participants from Africa have been performing brilliantly lately. Francine Niyonsaba from Burundi, 28, set a new world record in the 2000m. But also Tobi Amusam, the 100m hurdler, and Christine Mboma, the 200m athlete, have written their names in history.
Francine Niyonsaba amazes the world of athletics. She set the world record in the 2000m with a time of 5:21:56. She beat Freweyni Hailu from Ethiopia. Niyonsaba surpassed the 5mn25s36 of Sonia O’Sullivan of Ireland.
Niyonsaba holds the best performance of the season in the 3000m. The 2016 Olympic runner-up recently won the Diamond League 5000m. The Burundian is off to compete to become the queen of long distance races. Deprived of the 800m, the 2012 African champion is dictating the long distance races.
Another queen of African athletics
Namibian Christine Mboma, hits hard. She is entering the realm of champions. Christine Mboma was this year’s Diamond League champion in the 200m race. As the Olympic runner-up, she smashed the meeting record in 22.04s. Mboma thus dethroned American legend Allyson Felix, who had held this mark since 2012.
Tobi Amusam is the 100m hurdles champion. The Nigerian beats the African record holder of the distance with a time of 12.61s. The 24-year-old athlete is only one hundredth of the event record. In the men’s race, Ethiopia’s Getne Wale saved the day. He won the 3000m steeplechase in 8mn12s01.