Abraham Niyonkuru

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Abraham Niyonkuru
Personal information
Nationality Burundian
Born (1989-12-26) 26 December 1989 (age 28)[1]
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in) (2016)[1]
Weight 52 kg (115 lb) (2016)[1]
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Marathon
10,000 metres
Cross country
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) Marathon: 2:16:33[2]
10,000 metres: 28:38.58[2]
Updated on 26 October 2016.

Abraham Niyonkuru (born 26 December 1989) is a Burundian track and field athlete who specialises in the marathon, the 10,000 metres and cross country running. Niyonkuru competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the Olympics, he competed in the marathon. Niyonkuru has also competed in a World Junior Championships, two World Cross Country Championships, a Jeux de la Francophonie, a World Military Track and Field Championships and an Auray-Vannes Half Marathon.


Niyonkuru's debut at an international competition was at the 2005 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.[3] He competed in the junior men's race and finished 33rd out of 133 athletes[a] in a time of 25 minutes and 32 seconds.[3] At the 2005 Jeux de la Francophonie Niyonkuru competed in the 10,000 metres.[4] Niyonkuru finished fourth in a time of 29 minutes and 18.08 seconds, only 0.03 seconds behind the silver medalist, Moroccan Abderrahim Goumri.[4] Niyonkuru then competed in the 2006 World Junior Championships.[5] He finished fifth in the 10,000 metres in a time of 28 minutes and 59.92 seconds.[5] He was 6.63 seconds behind the race winner, Ibrahim Jeilan of Ethiopia.[5] In 2007, Niyonkuru competed at the 2007 World Cross Country Championships in the junior men's race.[6] He finished 13th in 24 minutes and 56 seconds.[6] He finished 49 seconds behind the gold-medalist, Kenyan Asbel Kiprop.[6] At the 2009 World Military Track and Field Championships, Niyonkuru won the silver medal in the 10,000 metres.[7] His time of 29 minutes and 37.14 seconds was 23.67 seconds behind the gold medalist, Essa Ismail Rashed of Qatar.[7] Niyonkuru was 4.97 seconds ahead of the bronze medalist, Tunisian El Akhdar Hachani.[7] Niyonkuru won the 2015 Auray-Vannes Half Marathon in a time of one hour, three minutes and twenty seconds.[8] At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Niyonkuru competed in the men's marathon on 21 August 2016, but did not finish the race.[9] In 2017 he competed in the men's marathon at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics, placing 71th in 2:42:27.[10]



  1. ^ a b c "Abraham Niyonkuru". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 25 November 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Profile of Abraham Niyonkuru". All-Athletics. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Junior Race – M – FINAL". IAAF. Archived from the original on 6 November 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Les Rėsultats Des Compétitions" (in French). Athlétisme Magazine. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c "World Junior Athletics History". WJAH. Archived from the original on 12 March 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c "Junior Race Men". IAAF. Archived from the original on 30 March 2015. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c "Track & Field – Results". International Military Sports Council. Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Palmarès Semi Marathon" (in French). Auray Vannes. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "Marathon Men – Final – Results". IAAF. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "Marathon men". IAAF. Retrieved 7 August 2017.