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Francine Niyonsaba, Olympic 800m silver medalist, moves to 5000m after rule change

Francine Niyonsaba, the Olympic 800m silver medalist, bids for the Tokyo Games in the 5000m after a new rule keeps her out of the 400m through the 1500m unless she takes testosterone-suppressing measures.

Niyonsaba, a 27-year-old from Burundi, ran a 10km cross-country race in 33 minutes, 45 seconds on Sunday, according to her social media. Though it’s not totally comparable, the Olympic 10,000m entry standard on the track is 31:25.

The longest distance Niyonsaba has covered in a track race was 2000m in 2019, after the new World Athletics rule went into effect.