9 May 2012

Rwanda: Mukasakindi Must Wait to Learn London Fate

RWANDA's seasoned long distance runner Claudette Mukasakindi clinched gold at the 2012 Cagliari Marathon in Italy on Sunday afternoon after clocking 2:40:18, a standard B time that is within the qualification mark for this year's London Olympics.

According to the IAAF Council entry standards for the marathon, the standard minima A is 2:37:00 and the standard minima B is 2:43:00 for the women's category, a requirement Mukasakindi met on Sunday.

However, according to the world's athletics governing body IAAF, the Cagliari marathon is not among the races shortlisted and approved to make it to the world's prestigious Games that are due July 27-August 12.

Debutant at the Italian race, Mukasakindi expressed joy at her performance but whether she will make it to London will depend on whether she can participate in yet another marathon and go on to meet the qualification mark.

Among the many marathons identified by the IAAF THE world over, the following Italian races have been pointed out; Brescia, Ferrara, Firenze, Limone sul Garda, Milano, Padova, Rome, Torino, Trieste and Venice.

However, the Brescia, Ferrara and Milano marathons have already taken place.

Rwanda's other hopes are in seasoned marathoner Epiphanie NyIRabarame, who made her Olympics debut at the 2004 Athens and finished 66th at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 but is yet to qualify for London.

Women's category

Claudette Mukasakindi (Rwa) 2:40:18

Divina Jepkogei (Ken) 2:40:23

Giuseppina Cauli (Italy) 3:06:06

Elena Konstantos (Italy) 3:07:17

Angela Latorre (Italy) 3:11:44

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