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Kip Keino Classic Event by Event Preview

Kip Keino Classic Event by Event Preview

The Moi International Sports Centre, a multi-purpose stadium in Kasarani, a residential neighborhood in Nairobi, hosts the fourth edition of the Kip Keino Classic, the third leg of the World Athletics Tour Gold, on Saturday, May 13.

Women’s 100 metres: 

Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce is set to return to Nairobi for her first 100 metres race of the season. 

The Jamaican super star clocked 10.67 in last year’s edition of the Kip Keino Classic in Nairobi setting the fastest-ever women’s 100 metres season opener. 

This result was the start of a phenomenal 2022 season In which she broke the 10.70 barrier a record seven times and won the World Championships on the Hayward Field track in Eugene in 10.67. She went on to win at the Herculis meeting in Monaco in 10.62 and in the Diamond League Final in Zurich in 10.65 in her most recent race. 

The “Pocket Rocket” won eight Olympic medals (including two 100m titles) and ten world titles (including five 100m titles in Berlin 2009, Moscow 2013, Beijing 2015, Doha 2019 and Eugene 2022). At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, she became one of the only four sprinters in history to defend an Olympic 100 meter title. She won the Olympic silver medal in the 100 metres in Tokyo becoming the first sprinter to reach the podium in the 100m at four consecutive Olympic Games.  

Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce: “Hey guys. I am coming back to Nairobi. Last year was fantastic, as Kasarani Stadium was filled with a super crowd and the background music made the atmosphere electrifying, so make sure you have your tickets in advance and show up in large numbers so that you have some fun again and enjoy to the fullest like you did the last time. See you. I don’t know where I am as opposed to last year when I had run at least one race in the 200 meters in Kingston. I have not run since last September. It’s a different year. I want to see where I am at, have a good time and execute. I am sure it will be fantastic. I am feeling good, to be honest, but no two years are the same. Whatever you correct in training or whatever you are working on, if you come and execute all those things, it will all come together. I hope to build on the moments and experiences that I had last year, into this year”. 

Fraser Pryce was named Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year at the 2023 Laureus World Sports Awards in Paris. 

“I was thrilled to be nominated alongside such inspiring women athletes, and to win this award, voted for by some of the greatest…

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