Gary Kikaya

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Gary Kikaya
Gary Kikaya.jpg
Medal record
Men’s athletics
Competitor for the  Democratic Republic of the Congo
African Championships in Athletics
Gold 2006 Mauritius 400 m
Bronze 2010 Nairobi 400 m

Gary Senga Kikaya (born February 4, 1980) is an athlete competing internationally for the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the 400 metres. He was born in Lubumbashi.[1]

At the age of 12 his family moved to Johannesburg, South Africa, where his father, a career diplomat, served as the Congolese Ambassador to South Africa. Like most Southern African youths, his sporting interests began with rugby and soccer.

Education[edit]

He attended Queens High School in Johannesburg where he only turned to athletics as a senior in 1999 after watching the World Cup, in Johannesburg, the year before. He achieved the school's highest accolade in the form of a School Honours Blazer. He received a scholarship to study at Rand Afrikaans University (RAU), now the University of Johannesburg (UJ), was thereafter recruited by the University of Tennessee. Kikaya graduated in sociology at University of Tennessee in Tennessee, United States.

Family[edit]

Kikaya is the son of Ambassador Kikaya bin Karubi, a former Information Minister of the Congo, and a former Special Assistant to President Joseph Kabila. He is currently an MP for the Kasongo territory of the Maniema province, in the National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kikaya currently lives and trains in Raleigh, NC.

Achievements[edit]

  • Kikaya became the fastest non American athlete of all time (11th fastest man over 400m at the time, now 13th), running a new African record of 44.10 seconds to come second to Jeremy Wariner at the World Athletics Final 2006 in Stuttgart.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2006-09-20). "Focus on Athletes - Gary Kikaya". Retrieved 2010-05-01. [dead link]

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