Kung Fu Kenny set for another showdown with Omanyala at Kip Keino Classic

Ferdinand Omanyala beats Kenny Bednarek to claim the 100m title at the 2023 Kip Keino Classic. Photo: ABSA Kip Keino Classic

Kung Fu Kenny set for another showdown with Omanyala at Kip Keino Classic

Joel Omotto 06:40 - 10.04.2024

Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala is set to meet a familiar foe in American Kenny Bednarek at the Kip Keino Classic in what will be a third meeting between the par at the event.

As the highly anticipated Kip Keino Classic approaches on April 20 in Nairobi, all eyes are on the men’s 100m race, set to showcase the showdown between Africa’s fastest man, Ferdinand Omanyala, and American sprinter Kenny Bednarek for the third time.

Omanyala, the Commonwealth Games 100m champion, has been a crowd favourite in previous editions, thrilling spectators with his electrifying runs past the finish line. With a stellar record at the World Continental Tour Gold event, Omanyala is set to make waves once again.

In the 2021 edition, Omanyala made history at the Kasarani Stadium, clocking a continental record of 9.77 and securing a second-place finish. He would secure his first win in 2022 and continued his dominance at last year’s event, clinching victory with a time of 9.84 with Bednarek second in 9.98.

This year, despite the venue shifting back to the Nyayo National Stadium, expectations remain high for another exhilarating race. The presence of Bednarek adds to the anticipation, as the Olympics 200m silver medallist aims to outpace Omanyala on his home turf.

Bednarek, despite a disappointing debut in 2022 with a sixth-place finish, has showcased blazing form this season, clinching victories in various events in the United States.

The competition doesn’t end there, as Cote d’Ivoire’s Arthur Cisse makes his debut at the Kip Keino Classic. With an impressive track record in international competitions, including the Tokyo Olympics and African Championships, Cisse is poised to challenge the frontrunners.

Kenya’s own Mark Otieno, a former national record holder for the men’s 100m, adds to the excitement. Coming back strong from a two-year doping ban, Otieno will be looking to impress on home soil, fueled by the support of the partisan crowd.

With such a star-studded line-up, the men’s 100m race at the Kip Keino Classic promises to be a spectacle, with athletes vying for glory amidst the cheers of the Nairobi crowd.

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