Why Ferdinand Omanyala & Letsile Tebogo will not lock horns at Kip Keino Classic

Why Ferdinand Omanyala & Letsile Tebogo will not lock horns at Kip Keino Classic

Abigael Wafula 16:37 - 06.04.2024

Fans were looking forward to a thrilling clash between Ferdinand Omanyala and Letsile Tebogo at the Kip Keino Classic but it will unfortunately not happen.

Fans were hoping to see a clash of Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala and Botswanan wunderkind Letsile Tebogo at the Kip Keino Classic but the duo might not be locking horns at the event.

Omanyala will be coming back to hunt for his third straight victory after winning in 2022 and 2023 editions. In his debut during the 2021 edition of the event, Omanyala finished second and that is when he clocked the African record time which has stood till date.

The Commonwealth Games champion was unsure about competing at the event but he has since confirmed participation in the 100m and he will certainly be out to impress home fans.

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Meanwhile, Tebogo, the World 100m silver medallist has also been confirmed for the continental showpiece but will not be competing in the 100m.

Fans were unsure about the event he would compete in but a recent poster from his management, Rosa Associati Management cleared the air.

The post on the Facebook page read: “He’s back to Kenya. Letsile Tebogo will run the 200m at @kipkeinoclassic next 20 April.

“He’s coming back to the same place where he got his first international achievement at world junior championships in 2021.”

Nevertheless, Tebogo will be out to prove his prowess on the track again after an amazing run so far this season where he even broke the 300m world record.

He is also a world leader in the 200m, following the impressive time he clocked at the ASA Grand Prix in Pretoria, South Africa. He won the race in an impressive 44.29, shaving a huge chunk from his previous personal best of 44.75.

He opened his season with an impressive time of 30.69 in the 300m at the Simbine Curro Classic Shoot-Out in Pretoria. He won the race ahead of Gardeo Isaacs (31.91), while Bayapo Ndori was third in 31.95. He clocked an impressive 30.69 to cross the finish line.

He completely shattered the previous world best of 30.81 set by Wayde van Niekerk in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on June 28, 2017.