The Kip Keino Classic delivered on so many levels. First, the crowd, standing room only, was just at 60,000. Second, great performances from the 68 local athletes and impressive performances from the 200 global athletes. The Kip Keino Classic, now in its fourth year, is building on it success, and special thanks to Justin Lagat, who covered the presser and meet LIve; Deji Ogeyingbo wrote the social media for RunBlogRun. 

Six world leads at the Kip Keino Classic Continental Tour Gold Meeting.

Six world-leading performances and other amazing competitions in the day were enough to thrill the charged crowds at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani Stadium, and provide them with memorable moments to keep and cherish. This was arguably the best-ever edition of the Kip Keino Classic meet.

Perhaps, seven would have been the total number of the world-leading performances at the fourth edition of the Continental Tour Gold event in Nairobi had Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce not suffered discomfort during her warm-up on Thursday and left the country immediately to seek treatment.

The crowd at the Kip Keino Classic was 60,000, per estimates, photo by Continental Tour Gold/Kip Keino Classic, Sila Kiplagat.

The man of the moment was Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala, who remained true to his word that he was not going to lose a 100m race this year. The crowds had to be requested for silence a number of times to enable the starter to start the highly anticipated event of the evening. In a climax to a great meet, Omanyala produced a new world-leading time of 9.84. The wind gauge worked well this time, and the wind was legal at – 0.5m/s. Second place went to USA’s Kenneth Bednarek, who ran a seasonal best of 9.98 ahead of fellow countryman Marvin Bracy-Williams, who also registered a seasonal best time of 10.03.

Ferdinand Omanyala wins 100m in 9.84, to the delight of 60,000 fans, May 13, 2023, photo by Sila Kiplagat.

In another sensational race, Emmanuel Wanyonyi opened his outdoor season in the men’s 800m race with a world-leading personal best and meeting record time of 1:43.32. Wycliffe Kinyamal was a close second in 1:43.66, while Timothy Cheruiyot finished third in 1:44.99.

Mary Moora won the 800 meters, photo by Sila Kiplagat

In the men’s 1500m, Reynold Cheruiyot ran a world-leading 3:32.01 -at altitude- to upset Abel Kipsang, the World Indoor bronze medallist and African Champion, who finished in second in 3:32.70 as Vincent Keter ran 3:36.92 for third.

Beatrice Chebet wins the 5000 meters, photo by Sila Kiplagat

Amos Kirui won the men’s 3000m steeplechase in yet another world-leading time of the day. The 2016 World U20 champion ran 8:18.45 ahead of Abraham Kibiwott (8:19.71) and Leonard Bett (8:20.02).

Olympic hammer champion Wojciech Nowicki, POL, speaks at Kip Keino Classic, photo by Justin Lagat.

Olympic Champion Wojciech Nowicki of Poland threw a new world-leading 79.78m in the men’s Hammer Throw, where  Ethan Katzberg of Canada took second position in 76.38m, and Donat Varga of Hungary finished third in 74.12m.

Yaroslava Mahuchikh wins HJ, and clears WL of 2.00 meters, photo by Sila Kiplagat.

As she said at the pre-event press conference, Yaroslava Mahuchikh of Ukraine jumped a world-leading 2.00m to win the women’s high jump event. Laura Zialor of Great Britain was second in 1.90m, with another Ukraine athlete, Kateryna Tabashnyk jumping 1.86 to finish third.

Sha’Carri Richardson won the 200m going away in 22.07, photo by Sila Kiplagat.

Another show-stopping moment happened in the women’s 200m race as USA’s Sha’Carri Richardson easily ran a meeting record of 22.07, delighting the Kenyan crowds. It was a podium sweep for USA as Kyra Jefferson finished second in a seasonal best time of 22.77, and Shannon Ray ran a personal best of 22.82 for third place.