1. Amgul Lahcen (Fra) 8.38.03
2. Gervais Hakizimana (Rwa) 8.39.05
3. Pepiot Valentin (Fra) 8.39.24
GERVAIS Hakizimana’s involvement in this year’s World Athletics Championship in Daegu, South Korea and next year’s London Olympic Games hangs in a balance after falling short of the minimum qualification time in yesterday’s Pézenas national meet in Southern France.
The national steeplechase (3000m) champion claimed silver after clocking 8 minutes, 39 seconds and five micro-seconds but was still six seconds and five micro-seconds above the minimum qualification time of eight minutes and 33 seconds (8:33:00).
France’s Amgul Lahcen won the race (8:38:03) while his compatriot Pepiot Valentin settled for bronze after returning 8:39:24.
Hakizimana is expected to be part of Rwanda’s contingent for the 10th All Africa Games.
The Games are slated to run from September 3-18 in Maputo, Mozambique.