The year is ending well for Burundian Olympic athlete Francine Niyonsaba after she bagged a world record a couple of days ago. Niyonsaba has been through many downs in her career but the downs haven't stopped her from trying to get up and be the best. After bagging the 2000M world record with a time of 5:21.26, the 28 year old became the first athlete who has a difference of sex development (DSD) to officially break a world record.
On returning home after the record, Francine was accorded a high reception in the streets of Bujumbura, Burundi but has still found the need to address the same old ongoing issues that try to bring her down. "I come from one of the poorest countries in the world, yet it is the most beautiful. They told me only boys can do it, yet I'm a girl. They disqualified me, yet I'm a world record," Francine penned the note on her facebook page.
On the issue of disqualification:
Francine was disqualified from proceeding to the 5000M finals at the Tokyo Olympic Games after what was termed as line infringement. She is among the athletes who were banned from competing internationally in the 400M upwards to the 1600M due to their naturally occurring high testosterone. Among her were Kenya's Margaret Nyairera, South Africa's Caster Semenya and Namibian teens Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi.
They were advised to either take medication to lower their testosterone or change their specialist races. Niyonsaba opted to go up the distance and has been winning big in the 2000M, 3000M and 5000M races.
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