Kip Keino Classic: Everything You Need to Know About the World Athletics Continental Tour in Nairobi

Kip Keino Classic: Everything You Need to Know About the World Athletics Continental Tour in Nairobi

Robert Abong'o
updated at April 19, 2024 at 10:38 AM
  • The Kip Keino Classic is set to take place in Nairobi on April 20
  • The prestigious event is on the World Athletics Continental Tour
  • The tour also honours legendary Kenyan athlete, Kipchoge Keino

Nairobi is abuzz with excitement as the prestigious Kip Keino Classic, a key event in the 2024 World Athletics Continental Tour, is set to take place at the Nyayo National Stadium on April 20.

Now in its fifth edition, the event pays tribute to the legendary Kenyan runner, Kipchoge Keino, a revered figure in athletics.

This year's event, designated as 'gold-label', will see athletes from around the globe converge in Nairobi, vying not only for victory but also for substantial prize money and crucial ranking points to advance their careers.

Kenya's Ferdinand Omanyala celebrates after winning the 100m men's race at the Kip Keino Classic Continental Tour last year. Photo: Tony Karumba.
Kenya's Ferdinand Omanyala will participate in the Kip Keino Classic Continental Tour. Photo: Tony Karumba.
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In the core events, winners stand to earn $5,000 (Ksh650,000), with big rewards extending to the top eight finishers, as reported by Pulse Sports.

Discretionary events will offer equally enticing incentives, with prize money allocated to winners, runners-up, and third-place finishers.

Beyond the financial rewards, the Kip Keino Classic serves as a pivotal platform for athletes eyeing wildcard entries to the World Athletics Championships.

Performances here can shape future success on the global stage, heightening the stakes for every participant.

As seen on the event's website, the prominent athletes expected to participate include Africa's fastest man, Kenya's Ferdinand Omanyala, 800 metres women's champion Mary Moraa, Botswana's 100m world silver medalist Letsile Tebogo, and Uganda's Halima Nakaayi.

The inclusion of discretionary events, including javelin and high jump, has diversified the competition.

Activies in the Kip Keino Classic

Here is the complete schedule of activities in this year's edition:

Track events:

2:00 PM EAT - men's 10,000m

2:45 PM EAT - men's 400m hurdles

2:55 PM EAT - women's 400m sprint

3:05 PM EAT - women's 5,000m

9:30 PM EAT - men's 400m

3:40 PM EAT - 5,000m

4:05 PM EAT - women's 100m

4:13 PM EAT - men's 3,000m steeplechase

4:30 PM EAT - women's 800m

4:43 PM EAT - men's 200m

4:50 PM EAT - men's 1,500m

5:02 PM EAT - men's 3,000m steeplechase

5:23 PM EAT - women's 400m hurdles

5:31 PM EAT - men's 800m

5:40 PM EAT - women's 1,500m

5:54 PM EAT - men's 100m.

Field Events

11:00 AM EAT - men's triple jump

11:15 AM EAT - men's shot put

12:30 PM EAT - men's javelin

2:12 PM EAT - women's hammer throw

3:45 PM EAT - women's high jump

4:15 PM EAT - men's hammer throw.

Top 5 greatest Kenyan athletes

Sports Brief also previously compiled a ranking of the top five greatest Kenyan athletes of all-time.

The criteria included longevity, world records, world and Olympic titles, and influence on the sport.

Kenya has become an athletics powerhouse, with many medals won and long-time records broken.

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Robert Abong'o
Editor - Africa Team