May 20, 2024

Sensational sprint clashes expected at Kip Keino Classic

Sensational sprint clashes expected at Kip Keino Classic
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Double world medallist Letsile Tebogo of Botswana will highlight the men’s 200m. Tebogo secured 100m silver and 200m bronze at the World Championships last year

Top Kenyan athletes will face off against world-class rivals at the Kip Keino Classic, a Continental Tour Gold meeting set to take place at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday, April 20. Exciting match-ups are expected to ignite both the track and field action at Nyayo.

African record-holder Ferdinand Omanyala is eyeing his third Kip Keino Classic 100m victory. The Commonwealth Games champion, who has been exceptional in previous editions of the continental competition, will compete against USA’s Olympic 200m silver medalist Kenneth Bednarek, European U23 champion Jeremiah Azu, and training-mate Arthur Cisse of Ivory Coast, among others, in his specialty distance.

Double world medallist Letsile Tebogo of Botswana will highlight the men’s 200m. Tebogo, who secured 100m silver and 200m bronze at the World Championships last year, has already had a strong start to the year. 

He set a world 300m best of 30.69 in February, followed by a 19.94 clocking over 200m and a world-leading 44.29 PB for 400m. Although this will be his first appearance at the Kip Keino Classic, the African 200m record-holder has fond memories of Nairobi, as it is where he won the first of two world U20 100m titles.

 "I am proud of what I achieved in Nairobi the last time I was here, and I am raring to go," the Botswana sensation said ahead of the race. 

The 20-year-old won’t have it all his own way this weekend, though, as he takes on a field that includes USA’s world leader Courtney Lindsey, Canada’s 2022 world 4x100m champion Brendon Rodney, and Olympic 4x100m champion Eseosa Desalu of Italy.

 


The women’s 100m will mark the return of Namibia’s Olympic 200m bronze medallist Christine Mboma. The 20-year-old will compete against 10.92 performer Alana Reid of Jamaica, double African Games champion Gina Bass, world indoor 60m finalist Rani Rosius, and USA’s Shannon Ray.

Elsewhere in the sprints, Olympic 4x400m champion Bryce Deadmon will lead a men’s 400m field that also includes fellow global relay medalists Bayapo Ndori of Botswana and Gilles Biron of France.