Disi Dieudonne has revived his career and wants a place in the Olympics team.
Rwanda’s all-time athlete Dieudonne Disi has returned back on track in search for a slot to compete in the full marathon race at this year’s London’s Olympic Games.
The 32-year old athlete who has spent two years without participating in any competition said in an exclusive interview that he is back and will compete in Lille Marathon scheduled for May 13 were he is targeting to clinch the minimum required Olympic slot.
“I have been training in Ngogwe, Kenya for quite some time and the preparations were so successful. I am now back in Kigali to fine tune myself before heading to France,”
“I will be heading to Paris with an aim of running under 02:18:00 laid down by the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF). I am sure i can do it,”
Disi lasted participated in an international competition in 2010 in Delhi’s Commonwealth games.
He bowed out of the race after running 21km and went to spend the whole of last year engaged in administration issues with the local athletics federation before his team was kicked out of office in late August due to mismanagement.
He however, had a successful stint in 2009 where he dominated the spot light with a series of top notch displays in Europe and Asia.
He pulled out of the World Cross Country Championship in Amman, Jordan to concentrate 33rd Paris Marathon and wee he finished 18th.
During the Berlin World Athletics Championship in August, Disi, who was in the leading pack dropped out after suffering a nagging pain in his right thigh.
Disi claimed his first major silverware during the September’s 32nd Paris-Versailles race (16 km) in France after finishing second (48minutes and one second).
A few weeks later, he scooped gold in the Francophone Games in Beirut.
For his heroics, he was later named athlete of the Games and consequently awarded the ‘Assemblée Parlementaire de la Francophonie’ medal by Lebanese first lady Wafaa Sleiman during the closing ceremony.
On top of the medal, Disi also pocketed 9000 Euros (Rwf7.5m) and was also promised free air-tickets for the next two years.
In October, Disi won another gold medal in the Reims Half marathon race in France. He set the fastest time of the event after clocking one hour, one minute and thirteen seconds. Ethiopia’s Michael Tesfay and Kenyan Leonard Langat claimed the other podium slots.
There was still more to come from the former RDF soldier. In the IAAF silver label road race dubbed Classique Internationale Marseille-Cassismoreless, Disi produced another astonishing run to win the 31st edition.
After a series of top notch displays, Disi’s run was finally halted in the New Delhi half marathon where he finished 6th.
Next week in Lille, Disi will be aiming to be the second Rwandan to book a place in London’s Marathon race following Jean Pierre Mvuyekure who ran 2: 17: 32 to hit the ‘B’ standard qualifying time for this year’s Games.