Olympian Kerley lands tonight for Keino Classic see
United States’ Olympic 100m silver medallist Fred Kerley is expected in the country tonight ahead of the Kip Keino Classic showdown on Saturday.
Kerley, who is the first athlete to win the 100m and 400m series at the Diamond League, will be making a return to Kenya having competed and won the 200m race during the previous edition of the World Athletics Gold Tour at the Moi International Sports Centre.
Last year Kerley timed 19.76 seconds, which is the fastest time to be run on Kenyan soil to triumph in 200m. “It feels great to set personal best in Kenya and at that altitude. It feels like nothing happened. I will want to run here again,” he said during the post-race interview last year.
On Saturday he will be up against Olympic 100m champion Lamont Marcell, Kenya’s own Ferdinand Omanyala in a star-studded race. Meet director Barnaba Korir Korir disclosed that 160 athletes from 30 countries have been confirmed for the one-day meet.
“We are at the final stage of hosting yet another world event which we believe will be better than the last two editions. All the protocols and necessary arrangements have been made to ensure our guests are received well and escorted to their respective hotels,” said Korir.
Kerley’s flight will land at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport some minutes before midnight.
Three-time Olympics champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica highlights the women’s 100m race where she will clash with Olympics 200m silver medallist Christine Mboma of Namibia.
Olympic champions in hammer throw Wojciech Nowicki (men) and Anita Włodarczyk (women) both of Poland will also compete at the meet.