Francine Niyonsaba

Francine Niyonsaba

March 24, 2023

World Athletics Bans Transgender Women, Extends DSD Restrictions to All Events

Any male-to-female transgender athlete who went through male puberty won’t be able to compete in top track competitions. The DSD restrictions have major implications for athletes such as Francine Niyonsaba.
August 24, 2022

2022 Lausanne Preview: Lyles & SAFP Chase Fast Times; Ingebrigtsen & Hassan Lead Distance Fields

The DL is back with a big one. We can't wait for the men's 200 (Lyles, Knighton, Michael Norman), women's 100 (SAFP, Jackson, Thompson-Herah) and men's 1500 (Ingebrigtsen, Cheruiyot, Hoare & more). For the record, the women's 100 WR is 10.49 and the men's 200 WR is 19.19.
May 13, 2022

2022 Doha Diamond League Recap Video Show and Podcast - Noah Lyles delivers, Donavan Brazier in Trouble?

Noah Lyles delivered and Donavan Brazier flopped. We break it all down.
September 14, 2021

2021 Zagreb Results: Francine Niyonsaba Shatters 2000m World Record

Niyonsaba, who is banned from running in women's events between 400m and the mile as she is intersex, ran 5:21.56 to destroy Sonia O'Sullivan's outdoor world record of 5:25.36 which had stood since 1994. Niyonsaba's mark also was faster than Genzebe Dibaba's indoor world record of 5:23.75 set in 2017. In men's action, Devon Allen became the second man in 2021 to break 13:00 as he ran a new pb of 12.99. Other winners included Getnet Wale (8:12 steeple) and Ryan Crouser (22.84). *MB: Francine Niyonsaba breaks her first WORLD RECORD!!!
August 28, 2021

2021 Paris DL Recap: Francine Niyonsaba (8:19) Moves to #5 All-Time in 3000m & Elaine Thompson-Herah (10.72) Is Back on Top in 100m

Francine Niyonsaba went 8:19 to become the 5th fastest even outdoors and Elaine Thompson-Herah kept her incredible 2021 going with a 10.72 win.
August 07, 2021

Sifan Hassan Completes Triple With Gold in 10,000m

Sifan Hassan completed her historic triple with gold in the 10,000m.
August 01, 2021

The Disgraceful Disqualification of Francine Niyonsaba

The intersex has been through an awful lot just to get Tokyo. For her to be tossed for a minor/phantom rules infraction that is inconsistently enforced is disgraceful. She and the fans deserve better - much better. *MB: I'm outraged that Francine Niyonsaba was DQd from Worlds. And you should be too. * FRANCINE, ALONE IN THE WORLD *AP: 'So alone': Niyonsaba criticizes own team after Olympics DQ
December 20, 2018

2018 LRC World & US Rankings, W 800: Caster Semenya & Ajee' Wilson Come Out On Top Again

For the third year in a row, Caster Semenya was undefeated but was this the last of her dominance?  Domestically, Ajee Wilson was the best of a strong group of US runners. Should US#3 Ce'Aira Brown be ranked in the world's top 10?
May 26, 2018

2018 Pre Women's Distance Recap: Shelby Houlihan Runs Massive 4+ Sec PB To Shock The World, Caster Semenya and Genzebe Dibaba Continue To Roll

The final Prefontaine Classic at the original Hayward Field didn't disappoint in terms of the women's distance events the women's 800, 1500 and 5000 all produced a world leading time.
February 28, 2018

800m Worlds Preview: Can USAs Ajee' Wilson Get the Elusive Gold Medal? Or Does Niyonsaba Keep Rolling?

Can Ajee Wilson get the elusive gold medal? How does Raevyn Rogers do? Does Niyonsaba stay undefeated lifetime indoors?
August 23, 2017

Sunday: Caster Semenya Leads List Of Eight World Champions Competing In The ISTAF Meet At Berlin's Olympic Stadium

Semenya specifically requested that the meet run the 600 instead of the 800 and she may go for the 20-year-old WR of 1:22.63 while facing world silver medalist Francine Niyonsaba. Other world champions include Phyllis Francis, Ramil Guliyev, Dafne Schippers and Sam Kendricks vs Renaud Lavillenie.