Cagliari Marathon, Women’s results
1. Claudette Mukasakindi (Rwa) 2:40:18
2. Divina Jepkogei (Ken) 2:40:23
3. Giuseppina Cauli (Italy) 3:06:06
4. Elena Konstantos (Italy) 3:07:17
5. Angela Latorre (Italy) 3:11:44
Rwanda’s long distance runner Claudette Mukasakindi may qualify for London if her 2:40:18 personal time is accepted by the International Athletics Amateur Association (IAAF) to enable her compete in the summer’s Olympic Games.
The APR women team’s athlete clinched gold at the 2012 Cagliari Marathon in Italy over the weekend when 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.
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 that 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.