Rwanda | Athletes targetRwandan athletes will all be out in search for Olympic marks when the 18th African Senior Championships in Athletics starts this Tuesday in Porto Novo, Benin.


Rwanda team which is comprised of Robert Kajuga (10000m), Cyriaque Ndayikengurukiye (5000m), Emmanuel Ntakiyimana (400m), Jean Kanyangara (100m & Long jump) and Claudette Mukasakindi (10000m) left for Benin on Monday morning.


The team which is managed by Martin Uwimana and Jean Paul Niyintuze wats to ensure that their last chance for the Olympic qualification is a must-happen affair.


After several weeks of training in Kenya’s high altitude area of Ngong, Olympic hopeful Kajuga is confident on clinching a successful hunt for minimum qualification.


“We are ready and looking forward to represent our country in Benin. We have had an ample training stint in London and hopeful we are going to replicate this performance by clinching a spot for London,” added Kajuga.


Kajuga’s personal best in 10000m is 28.45.00 and he needs to slash 40 seconds to clinch London’s mark of 28.05.00.


Mukasakindi who has traversed Europe in search for a minimum qualification believes that she is ready to do anything to realise her dream of making it to London.


“It is unfortunate I failed to hit the required mark to qualify for the Olympics but I still have a last chance in Benin. So am going there to work harder and run to my best so as to qualify for London,” added Mukasakindi who is also a possible candidate for a London’s wildcard if she fails to make it in Benin but improves her personal best time.


Mukasakindi who has had a vast experience in international athletics must slash two minutes from her 34.00.00’s personal best inorder to make it to London.


The Rwanda team to the African championship games left Kigali yesterday for Benin.


If any of benin-bound team clinches an Olympic mark, they will join four other athletes that are assured of representing the country in next month’s global showepiece.


Rwanda has only two athletes qualified and two others issued with wildcards to compete in London games. They include Adrien Niyonshuti (mountain bike), Jean Pierre Mvuyekure (marathon), Fred Yannick Uwase Sekamana (Judo) and Alphonsine Agahozo (swimming).


However, Rwanda’s best hope for a medal in London is in the Paralympics Games where Hermas Muvunyi-athletics, Theogene Hakizimana-power lifting and 12-man sitting volleyball will represent the country.



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