Kip Keino Classic: Kenneth Bednarek Confident as He Faces Ferdinand Omanyala in Nairobi

Kip Keino Classic: Kenneth Bednarek Confident as He Faces Ferdinand Omanyala in Nairobi

Robert Abong'o
updated at April 20, 2024 at 8:28 AM
  • Kenneth Bednarek will compete in the Kip Keino Classic this evening
  • Olympic 200m silver medallist will face Kenya's Ferdinand Omanyala
  • The 100 metres men's race is scheduled for 5:45 pm East African Time

American sprint sensation, Kenneth Bednarek, has landed in the country, ready to take on Africa's fastest man, Ferdinand Omanyala.

The much-anticipated men's 100m showdown at the fifth edition of Absa Kip Keino Classic at Nyayo Stadium is set to begin at 5:45 pm East African Time.

The Olympics 200m silver medalist, who has shown great form by winning several races in the new season, expressed his confidence ahead of the race.

Olympics 200m silver medallist, Kenneth Bednarek, will compete in the Kip Keino Classic. Photo:  Dustin Satloff.
American sprinter, Kenneth Bednarek, feels confident ahead of his race at the Kip Keino Classic. Photo: Dustin Satloff.
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"I'm excited and ready to take on Omanyala and other competitors and to have some fun, too," said Bednarek.

He admitted that he didn't have quite the year he wanted in 2023, but hoped to give a good show at the Nyayo Stadium.

"I'm in great shape. I expect big things for this race," he remarked.

The 25-year-old has already won the 200m at the Miramar Invitation in Florida, and the men’s 400m at the UCF Knights Invite and Pepsi Florida Relays.

As seen on the event's website, athletes expected to participate include, 800 metres women's champion Mary Moraa, Botswana's 100m world silver medalist Letsile Tebogo, Uganda's Halima Nakaayi, Arthur Cisse of Ivory Coast, and Kenya's Mark Otieno.

Bednarek also highly ranked Commonwealth champion Omanyala, deeming the defending champion a worthy rival to face in the race.

"He is a competitor and I know he is going to be ready," he said.

The American's plan for the season is to convert his Tokyo Olympics silver into gold in Paris.

As reported by Pulse Sports, winners in the core events stand to earn $5,000 (Ksh650,000), with big rewards extending to the top eight finishers.

Everything you need to know about Kip Keino Classic

Sports Brief detailed what the Kip Keino Classic is all about.

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.

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