Africa's fastest man, Ferdinand Omanyala has won the 2023 Absa Kip Keino Classic Gold Tour at Kasarani Stadium after clocking 9:84 seconds.
This is the second time Omanyala is winning the Kip Keino Classic. The sprinter has registered victory while being cheered on by President William Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
At the same time, America’s Terry 'Tee Tee' Twanisha won the 100m women's race at 10.86 seconds.
The 4x100m relay world champion who was making her debut in the competition said the win has set her season in motion.
"It's amazing having won in Nairobi and I'll be heading back home for more preparations. The season has started and I will be taking meet-by-meet," Twanisha said in a post-race interview.
Zoe Hobbs of Newzealand was second in 10.97 and Rani Rosius of Belgium emerged in third place after clocking 11.08.
The category was won last season by double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica. Fraser-Pryce suffered a knee injury on Friday ahead of the Saturday Kasarani showpiece.
This is the fourth edition of the Absa Kip Keino Classic Continental Gold Tour.
Athletes compete at the Gold level earning both prize money and world ranking points.
The yearly tour was launched in 2020 and is taking shape to be a world-class event.
On Saturday, May 13, 2023, Kenyans thronged the stadium in large numbers for the classics. Athletes will compete at the Gold level earning both prize money and world ranking points.
The action-packed event boasts top talents from Africa and other continents giving athletes a chance to compete at an international level while reaching fans all over the world.
Just the other day, Ferdinand Omanyala set a new African and State record in Men's 150m at the Atlanta City Games, Georgia, United States of America.
Omanyala clocked a personal best of 14.89 seconds after finishing the race in third place behind race winner Noah Lyles (14.56) and Erriyon Knighton who finished in the second position in 14.85.
“150 metres. 1️⃣4️⃣.8️⃣9️⃣ 13th best all time. African Record.
"National Record. Thank you Atlanta for the love. 🙏🙏,” Omanyala shared.