“I did what I had to do,” said Francine Niyonsaba, who is more than her Kenyan counterpart Hellen Obiri, who returned to the 5,000-meter hurdles in the final of the Diamond League in Zurich, Germany.
Francine, 28, who was eliminated from the meter race at the Tokyo Olympics after the first half, showed a lot of energy by running the final meters, finishing in 14: 28.98.
Niyonsaba, who has also been running 800 meters, has changed due to new rules related to the level of testosterone restrictions that have been in place since 2018.
“I’ve been learning since I changed, I did what I had to do,” She said.
For the victory she has been punishing for days, she is among the 5,000 meters of respect.
After winning the World Championship and a silver medal at the Olympics, Obiri, Francine Niyonsaba said: “When we were running for a long time I was in the back, it was my belt. I have a lot of energy to wake up with a lot of passion.”
Asked what she would do together with the sports watchdog agency, Niyonsaba said she was ready to make a change.
“I can go pole vault (saut à la perche) or high jump.”
Francine was already world-famous in the 800-meter dash, having previously won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
But the International Athletics Federation banned her from competing in the under-2,000 meters, claiming that her male hormones are at an unusually high level in women, giving her the best chance.
The suspension of the 800-meter race was devastating, but she did not give up and continued to work so hard that one could now say that her activities began to yield.
I came back to promote the game
Francine Niyonsaba says she continues to compete to help promote the game so that others can learn from her.
The 28-year-old Niyonsaba athlete is one of a number of athletes who have been banned from competing between 400 and 1600 meters due to the high testosterone levels.
After the world silver and Olympic medals in the 800 meters, Niyonsaba came in fourth in the world this year in the women’s 5,000 meters.
“Life has not been easy for me, but I like to compete with others. I have struggled with it with a lot of passion and determination,” She said of the change.
“No one was around or wanted to be my trainer from a few meters away. I didn’t think anyone could, but I personally felt I could.”
“I can say that I’m back to promote the game and to set an example for others. I’m very happy.”
Niyonsaba is one of a group of athletes who have been instructed to change their contests on a decision made by the International Athletics Federation in 2019.
After returning to the world and the 800-meter Olympics, South African Caster Semenya lost her right to go to the last Olympics after moving to a long distance.
Namibian teenager Christine Mboma has returned to the 200-meter silver medal in Tokyo after being ordered from her favorite 400-meter hurdles, with seven weeks left for the Games to begin.
She claimed to be in the top spot at the end of the Diamond League race, after finishing fifth in the 10,000m at the Olympics, and being disqualified from the 5,000-meter race due to her misconduct.
She became the fifth-fastest ever runner to reach the 3,000-meter dash in a race in Paris at the end of August, knocking down the world’s first female Hellen Obiri 5,000 meters last week in Brussels (Brussels / Brussels) in Belgium.