Rwandan athlete Robert Kajuga clocked a personal best of 28:03:24 to clinch London’s mark of 28.05.00 which will allow him to compete in the summer Olympic Games which begin on July 27.
Kajuga finished fifth in the 10000m final behind Kenyan trio of Kenneth Kipkemoi, Mark Kiptoo and Lewis Mosoti and Ethiopia’s Tebalu Zawude Heyo in the 18th Africa Senior Championships held in Porto-Novo, Benin on June 28.
His time of 28:03:24 has guaranteed him a slot in the Games because he was only required to run under 28.05.00. in order to be assured of a place in London.
He will represent Rwanda in the Olympic Games alongside Jean Pierre Mvuyekure (Marathon), Adrien Niyonshuti (cycling) and two athletes on wild cards namely; Alphonsine Agahozo (swimming) and Yannick Uwase Sekamana (judo).
Early this year, Mvuyekure ran inside the marathon qualifying ‘B’ standard time for the Games after clocking 2: 17: 32 in the Rome Marathon (28 seconds clear of the International Amateur Athletics Federation minimum 02:18:00).
In the Paralympics where Rwanda has a best hope for a medal lay, athletes that will be heading to London include two athletes athlete Hermas Muvunyi Thoneste Nsengimana, Théogène Hakizimana in powerlifting and sitting volleyball team.