Muvunyi Rwanda’s last hope of podium pride

HERMAS Muvunyi was Rwanda’s star performer during the opening few days of Paralympic competition.

He raced to fifth in the final of the men’s T46 400m, having qualified fastest earlier in the day with a new African record.

Muvunyi will be looking to go even better in the final of the men’s T46 800m tomorrow (8.30pm).

That is Rwanda’s only remaining hope of a medal at London 2012 after other athletes failed to make it on to the podium.

Theoneste Nsengimana missed out on the men’s T46 1,500m final and Theogene Hakizimana was 10th in the men’s under-82.5kg powerlifting.

The men’s sitting volleyball team – the first time Rwanda have been represented in a team sport at the Paralympics – lost all four of their pool matches and will face Morocco in a ninth-place play-off on today (2pm).

Rwanda – who were based in Bury St Edmunds in the build-up to the Games – have only won one Olympic or Paralympic medal in their history.

That was back in 2004 when Jean de Dieu Nkundabera won a Paralympic bronze in wheelchair racing during the Athens’ Games.Image

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