• Kipyegon, Chemutai, El Bakkali to headline the Kip Keino Classic in Nairobi
Olympic champions Faith Kipyegon, Peruth Chemutai and Soufiane El Bakkali, Olympic 100m silver medallist and fresh Diamond League winner Fred Kerley, fresh Olympic champion Wojchech Nowicki in the men’s hammer throw and 10 km world record holder Agnes Tirop from Kenya will be in the spotlight at the Kip Keino Classic in Nairobi, a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting, on Saturday 18 September. The meeting will be held at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani, which recently hosted the World Under 20 Championships last August.
Women’s 1500 metres:
Kipyegon will make her debut at the Kip Keino Classic after winning her second consecutive Olympic gold medal in Tokyo and the Diamond League title in Zurich, where she won a memorable head-to-head clash against Sifan Hassan.
Kipyegon will face her compatriot Winnie Chebet, Purity Chepkirui and Mercy Cherono.
Women’s 3000 metres steeplechase:
This year’s 3000m steeplechase Olympic champion Peruth Chemutai from Uganda will return to the Nairobi meeting after finishing sixth in the first edition last year. Chemutai will take on Olympic bronze medallist Hyvin Kyeng, world under 20 record holder Celliphine Chepsol, Barhein’s Winfred Yavi Mutile, Kenya’s Purity Kirui and Roseline Chepngetich.
Men’s 3000m steeplechase:
Olympic 3000m champion Soufiane El Bakkali from Morocco will take on this year’s Diamond League winner Benjamin Kigen, Amos Serem from Kenya, who won the world under 20 gold medal in Nairobi last August. El Bakkali ended the Kenyan dominance at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Women’s 5000 metres:
Agnes Tirop, who set the 10 km world record with 30:01 in Herzogenarauch last week, will face 2019 world silver medallist Margaret Kipkemboi and Lilian Kasait Rengeruk. Kipkemboi improved her PB to 8:21.53 in the 3000m in Paris. Rengeruk clocked 8:28.96 in the 3000m in Doha and 14:30.32 in the 5000m.
Men’s 200 metres:
Fred Kerley won the Olympic silver medal in the 100m in 9.84 and the Diamond Trophy in the 100m in Zurich becoming the first sprinter in history to ever win the Diamond Trophy in both the 100m and the 400m. The US sprinter clocked 9.87 on the track of the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich three years after winning the 400m in the Diamond League final on the same track.
Kerley will face this year’s Olympic 4x100 champion Filippo Tortu from Italy, who finished third in 20.40 in the Chorzow Continental Tour Gold meeting missing his PB by just six hundredths of a second, Isaac Makwala, 2018 Commonwealth Games champion in the 400m, and Ramil Gulyev from Turkey, who won the world title in London 2017 and the European gold medal in Berlin 2018.
Men’s 100 metres:
World leader Trayvon Bromell is the top name in the men’s 100m. Bromell did not get through to the 100m olympic final but he bounced back with three sub-10 seconds times in Eugene (wind-assisted 9.86), Brussels (9.97) and Zurich (9.96). The US sprinter finished third in 10.03 in Zagreb. He will face 2017 world champion Justin Gatlin, who will end his career at the age of 39, and Kenyan record holder Ferdinand Omanyala, who improved his PB to 9.86 in Andorf (Austria) and finished fourth in Brussels in 10.02. Omanyala became the first Kenyan sprinter to reach the Olympic 100m semifinals in Tokyo, where he narrowly missed the final.
Women’s 200 metres:
Olympic 200m silver medallist Christine Mboma from Namibia improved her world under 20 and African record to 21.78 to win the Diamond League title in Zurich last week. The 18-year-old Namibian sprinter returns to Nairobi, where she won the world under 20 title in 21.84 last August. She also won the 200m at the Brussels Diamond League meeting in 21.84. Mboma will clash against Marie Josée Ta Lou from Ivory Coast, who won the world silver medal in the 200m in London 2017 and finished fifth at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 22.27.
Men’s hammer throw:
Olympic champion Wojciech Nowicki will be the top name in the men’s hammer throw. Nowicki improved his PB to 82.52m in Tokyo and had a very consistent season with seven throws over the 80 metres barrier. Nowicki will battle against Olympic bronze medallist and four-time world champion Pawel Fajdek in all-Polish clash.
Men’s pole vault:
Ernest John Obiena from the Philippines will take on 2018 European silver medallist Timur Morgunov in a very interesting men’s pole vault competition. Obiena improved his national record to 5.91m in the Paris Diamond League last August. Morgunov finished third in the Diamond League in Zurich with 5.93m beating Obiena, who took fourth place with 5.83m.
Women’s 800 metres:
Reigning world champion Halimah Nakaayi from Uganda will go up against Kenya’s Mary Moraa, who won the Rovereto Continental Tour Silver meeting in 2:00.40.
Men’s 800 metres:
Olympic silver medallist Ferguson Rotich from Kenya will clash against his compatriots Cornelius Tuwei and Collins Kipruto. Rotich enjoyed a consistent post-olympic season in which he won in Brussels in 1:43.81 and finished second in Eugene (1:45.02), Paris (1:44.45), Zurich (1:44.96) and third in Lausanne (1:45.48).
Women’s long jump:
US heptathlon specialist Taliyah Brooks will face local favourites Gloria Mulei and Petronilla Mwombe.
Women’s hammer throw:
Alexandra Tavernier from France, who won the world bronze medal in Beijing 2015 and finished fourth at the Olympic Games in Tokyo with 74.41m, is the clear favourite against local favourites Lucy Omondi and Rebecca Kerubo.