The Croatian capital, Zagreb, hosted the Continental Tour Gold on Tuesday 14 September. As usual in recent weeks, Africans have distinguished themselves. The best performance goes to Francine Niyonsaba. The 28-year-old Burundian has set the new world record in the 2000m. The sprinters Tobi Amusam (100m sharks) and Christine Mboma (200m) also stood out.
Francine Niyonsaba never ceases to amaze the world of athletics. She hit hard again at the Gold of the Continental Tour from Zagreb, this Tuesday, September 14. The 28-year-old runner indeed won the 2000m world record with a time of 5mn21s56. She wrote the Ethiopian Freweyni Hailu.
Niyonsaba erases from the shelves the 5mn25s36 of the Irishwoman Sonia O’Sullivan. After the race, she exclaimed: “I did it. That’s wonderful.”
Deprived of 800 m, the 2012 African champion is dictating her law on long distance courses. The 2016 Olympic runner-up recently won the Diamond League 5,000m. Niyonsaba also has the best performance of the season over 3000m.
Mboma and Amusam, impeccable
Another pure Africa was illustrated in Zagreb. This is the Namibian Christine Mboma. The 2021 Diamond League champion is indeed sacred over 200 m. The Olympic runner-up at the same time shatters the meeting record in 22.04s. Mboma thus dethrones the American legend Allyson Felix who had held this brand since 2012.
Nigerian Tobi Amusam dominates the 100m hurdles. The African distance record holder recorded a time of 12.61s. The 24-year-old is only one-hundredth from the event’s record.
On the men’s side, Ethiopia’s Getne Wale saves the honor. He won the 3000 m steeplechase in 8mn12s01.