Diane Nukuri at the 2012 Olympics "Burundi Day"
|Born||1 December 1984|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||59 kg (130 lb)|
|Achievements and titles|
|Olympic finals||2000 |
5000 m, 45th (h)
10,000 m, 13th
Diane Nukuri (born 1 December 1984, in Kigozi-Mukike) is a Burundian-American professional distance runner. She competed for Burundi as a fifteen-year-old in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney in the 5,000m and in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London in the marathon. Nukuri ran for the University of Iowa in college. She was the Burundian flag bearer at the Summer Olympics in 2000 and 2012.
Nukuri began running in her early teens, starting little more than a year prior to her first Olympic experience (the 2000 Olympics in Sydney). She ran in the junior IAAF World Cross Country Championships twice, placing 18th in 2000 and 27th the following year. She won the bronze medal in the 10,000 meters at the 2001 Francophone Games in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. After the games, Nukuri fled to Toronto, seeking asylum from the Burundi civil war. At the time, Nukuri had already lost her father to the conflict, and she knew she would have no running career had she stayed in Burundi. She was granted asylum, and lived with relatives in Pickering, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto.
The University of Iowa and Butler CCC
Nukuri continued to run while living in Canada and began drawing interest from cross country and distance track coaches from American universities, in particular the University of Iowa. However, Nukuri spoke very little English, so she attended Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kansas. At Butler, Nukuri trained under Kirk Hunter while learning English (her third language), taking classes, and amassing 9 NJCAA national championships and 17 NJCAA All-American honors. After two seasons at Butler, Nukuri transferred to the University of Iowa to work with coach Layne Anderson, who recruited Diane directly out of high school. Anderson was largely responsible for Nukuri attending Butler.
In her time at Iowa, Nukuri won two Big Ten Championships, in cross-country (2007) and the 5,000 meters in outdoor track (2008). She was named an All-American three times and won the Wilma Rudolph student-athlete award. She left Iowa with school records in ten events.
In her final collegiate race (the NCAA Championships, 10,000 meters), a major side stitch forced Nukuri into an early exit with only a few laps remaining while in second place. She graduated from Iowa with a bachelor's degree in Communications in the fall of 2008.
She competed in her first professional race at the 2008 Shelter Island 10K. Major race performances are below.
Nukuri first competed in the Olympics at the age of 15, running the 5,000 meters at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. She finished 14th in her heat but did not advance to the finals. She returned to the Olympics twelve years later, competing in the women's marathon. She finished in 31st place, setting another Burundian National Record (she owned the previous mark in the marathon) in 2:30:13,. 118 runners started the race, and 107 finished. Nukuri was also the flag-bearer for Burundi, leading the country's six athletes at the opening ceremony. Nukuri also carried the flag in Sydney.
Her story has been documented in a number of articles, including Running Times in October 2012.
|1999||All-Africa Games||Johannesburg, South Africa||10th||5000 m||17:04.75|
|2000||World Cross Country Championships||Vilamoura, Portugal||18th||Junior race||21:42|
|Olympic Games||Sydney, Australia||14th (h)||5000 m||16:38.30|
|2001||World Cross Country Championships||Ostend, Belgium||27th||Junior race||23:37|
|Francophonie Games||Ottawa, Canada||3rd||10,000 m||34:30.66|
|2012||Olympic Games||London, United Kingdom||31st||Marathon||2:30:13 NR|
|2013||Francophonie Games||Nice, France||1st||10,000 m||32:29.14|
|2016||Olympic Games||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||13th||10,000 m||31:28.69 NR|
|2017||New York City Marathon||2:31:21||9th|
|2013||New York City Marathon||2:30:09||10th|
|2011||New York City Marathon||2:41:21||20th|
|2011||Los Angeles Marathon||2:33:47 NR||4th|
|2018||Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon||1:15:20||15th|
|2018||Lilac Bloomsday Run 12km||41:32||11th|
|2018||Cherry Blossom 10 Miler||53:56||5th|
|2017||Beach to Beacon 10 km||32:10||5th|
|2017||Steamboat Classic 4 Mile||20:49||1st|
|2017||New York Half Marathon||1:09:13||3rd|
|2017||Houston Half Marathon||1:11:42||10th|
|2016||Steamboat Classic 4 Mile||20:29||1st|
|2016||New York Mini 10K||32:18||3rd|
|2016||Great Manchester Run 10K||31:49||3rd|
|2016||UAE Healthy Kidney 10K||32:23||4th|
|2016||Payton Jordan Invitational 10,000m||31:57.99||16th|
|2016||Boston Athletic Association 5K||15:43||4th|
|2016||New York City Half Marathon||1:09:41||3rd|
|2016||World's Best 10K||32:45||9th|
|2016||Marugame Half Marathon||1:09:23||2nd|
|2016||Rock 'n' Roll Arizona 10K||32:11||1st|
|2015||Falmouth Road Race||36:47||1st|
|2014||Bay to Breakers 12K||40:15||1st|
|2013||Bay to Breakers 12K||40:12||1st|
|2013||New York City Half Marathon||1:09:12||2nd|
|2012||Alliant Energy 8K||25:50||1st|
|2012||Steamboat Classic 4 Mile||20:28||2nd|
|2012||New York Mini 10K||32:38||4th|
|2012||Dam tot Damloop 20K||1:07:52 CR||1st|
|2012||Lilac Bloomsday Run 12K||40:01||5th|
|2012||Payton Jordan Invitational 10,000m||32:45.96||20th|
|2012||Shamrock Shuffle 8K||26:11||3rd|
|2012||New York City Half Marathon||1:10:55 NR||11th|
|2011||Philadelphia Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon||1:12:08||6th|
|2011||Falmouth Road Race 7 Mile||37:13||2nd|
|2011||Beach to Beacon 10K||32:36.7 NR||4th|
|2011||Fifth Season 8K, Cedar Rapids||26:07 NR||1st|
|2011||Steamboat Classic 4 Mile||20:41 NR||1st|
|2011||New York Mini 10K||33:28||12th|
|2011||Freihofer's Run for Women 5K||15:57 NR||6th|
|2011||Marion Arts Festival 5K||16:07||1st|
|2010||Philadelphia Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon||74:20||12th|
|2010||Steamboat Classic 4 Mile||21:26||7th|
|2010||Drake Relays 8K||27:10||1st|
|2010||Meyo Indoor Meet 3000m||9:22.48||5th|
|2010||New Orleans Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon||1:14:25||6th|
|2009||Manchester Road Race 4.75 Miles||26:05||7th|
|2009||Fifth Season 8K, Cedar Rapids||26:42||2nd|
|2008||Manchester Road Race 4.75 Miles||25:17||3rd|
|2008||Outdoor Big 10 Championships 5000m||16:24.21||1st|
|2008||NCAA Women's Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships 5000 m||16:35.05||12th|
|2007||NCAA Cross Country Championships||20:07||4th|
|2007||Big 10 Championships Cross Country 6K||19:37||1st|
|2007||NCAA Women's Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships 10,000m||33:30.29||7th|
- Burundi at the 2000 Summer Olympics
- National records in the marathon
- List of Asics sponsorships]
- 2000 Summer Olympics national flag bearers
- 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony flag bearers
- Burundi at the 2016 Summer Olympics
- Nukuri Diane. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-07-29.
- Francophone Games. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2012-07-29.
- Diane Nukuri. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2012-07-29.
- Diane Nukuri. London2012. Retrieved on 2012-07-29.
- Battaglia, Joe (2013-03-17). Wilson Kipsang gives high octane performance at chilly NYC Half. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-03-23.
- Transfers of allegiance - Decisions of the World Athletics Nationality Review Panel in 2020 (as of 8 May 2020). World Athletics (2020-05-08). Retrieved 2020-05-30.
- . Boulder Wave. Retrieved on 2012-10-04.
| Flagbearer for Burundi