Lengthy-distance runners Felicien Muhitira and Yves Nimubona are in Djibouti as they search to win a medal within the inaugural Djibouti Worldwide Half-Marathon, slated for Friday, March 5.
The worldwide race, dubbed ‘Gateway to Arica’, was organized by the Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority in partnership with the Djibouti athletics federation.
This worldwide race will deliver collectively worldwide athletes together with celebrated British athlete Sir Mo Farah and a number of other athletes who certified for the following Olympic Video games in Tokyo.
Muhitira, who additionally has a ticket for the Olympic Video games within the full marathon class, departed Kigali Tuesday, March 2, the place he joined Yves Nimubona, who arrived in Djibouti on Monday, March 1.
The duo are teammates at APR Athletics Membership.
Earlier than departing the Kigali Worldwide Airport, Muhitira informed Occasions Sport that he needed an enormous competitors throughout which he can check his present efficiency as he continues preparations for the Tokyo 2020 scheduled in July.
“Half-marathon is an efficient check for me to arrange for the marathon on the Tokyo 2020 Video games and this competitors itself and the problem from athletes that I’ll go up in opposition to will assist me gauge the extent of my preparations,” Muhitira mentioned.
Muhitira has been doing intensive trainings in Kibungo since December final 12 months however struggled to search out competitions
Since he certified for the Olympic Video games throughout a race held in Italy in 2019, Muhitira, like different athletes, hasn’t been in a position to get competitions to assist him put together adequately because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We put in a whole lot of efforts to assist him attend this competitors as a result of we felt you will need to consider the extent of his preparations earlier than he heads to Tokyo,” mentioned the APR Athletics coach Harmless Rwabuhihi.
Muhitira’s good exhibiting in Djibouti might enhance his possibilities of reserving one more ticket to compete for a medal within the half-marathon within the Tokyo 2020 Video games.
His teammate, Nimubona, may even be trying to write his identify in Djibouti and higher put together for the Kigali Worldwide Marathon slated in June.