Diane Nukuri (born December 1, 1984, in Kigozi-Mukike) is an 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.
Diane Nukuri at the 2012 Olympics "Burundi Day"
1 December 1984|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||59 kg (130 lb)|
|Achievements and titles|
|Olympic finals||2012, marathon, 31st|
|Personal best(s)||5000 m: 15:59.39|
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 CCCEdit
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.
Diane Nukuri represented Burundi once again at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August 2016, running the 10,000 meters.
She became a U.S. citizen in 2017. She holds dual citizenship from both Burundi and the United States.
|2017||Steamboat Classic 4 Mile||20:49||1st|
|2016||New York City Marathon||2:33:04||5th|
|2016||Rio Olympic 10,000 m||31:28.69||13th|
|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||United Airlines New York City Half Marathon||1:09:41||3rd|
|2016||World's Best 10K||32:45||9th|
|2016||Rock 'n' Roll Arizona 10K||32:11||1st|
|2015||Falmouth Road Race||36:47||1st|
|2014||San Francisco Bay to Breakers 12K||40:15||1st|
|2013||San Francisco Bay to Breakers 12K||40:12||1st|
|2013||ING New York City Marathon||2:30:09||10th|
|2013||New York City Half Marathon||1:09:12||2nd|
|2012||London Olympics Marathon||2:30:13||31st|
|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 to Dam 20K||1:07:52 CR||1st|
|2012||Lilac Bloomsday Run 12K||40:01||5th|
|2012||Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational 10,000m||32:45.96||20th|
|2012||Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K||26:11||3rd|
|2012||New York City Half-Marathon||1:10:55 NR||11th|
|2011||ING New York City Marathon||2:41:21||20th|
|2011||Philadelphia Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon||1:12:08||6th|
|2011||New Balance Falmouth Road Race 7 Mile||37:13||2nd|
|2011||TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K||32:36.7 NR||4th|
|2011||5th Season, 8K Cedar Rapids||26:07 NR||1st|
|2011||Steamboat Classic 4 Mile||20:41 NR||1st|
|2011||NYRR 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|
|2011||Honda Los Angeles Marathon||2:33:47 NR||4th|
|2010||Bank of America Chicago Marathon||2:39:09 Debut||23rd|
|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||5th 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|
|2007||NCAA Cross Country Championships||20:07||4th|
|2007||Big 10 Championships Cross Country 6K||19:37||1st|
|2001||IAAF World Junior Cross Country Championships||23:37||27th|
|2000||Sydney Olympic Games 5000m||16:38.30||45th|
|2000||World Junior Cross Country Championships||21:42||18th|
- 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.
- . Boulder Wave. Retrieved on 2012-10-04.
- Athletics at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Women's 5000 metres