Three-time Olympic and nine-time world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is the latest high profile athlete confirmed at the 3rd edition of the Absa Kip Keino Classic Continental Tour that will be held on May 7, at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani, Nairobi.
The Jamaica will face the fast rising American sprinter Richardson during the one day event.
Shelly Ann Fraser’s whose first medal was at the World Championships back in 2007 when she won silver in the 4x100m relay event has been the stand out performer in women’s athletics sprint events for the last 14 years.
The Jamaican added Olympic 100m silver to that collection at the delayed 2020 Olympics, finishing behind compatriot Elaine Thompson-Herah in the sprint final in Tokyo, but finished the season with a personal best of 10.60s, the third-fastest time in history.
The meet Director Barnaba Korir says the presence of the legendary Jamaican athlete whose medal collection has a total of 18 gold, 7 silver and 2 bronze medals in events ranging from the Olympics, World Championships and World Athletics Final among others is a big plus for the event that enters the third year.
“We have a big event lined up for next month, bigger than the previous two editions. I can confirm that there are a high number of entries that have expressed interest for our event,” said Korir.
Korir is confident that Africa’s highest-ranking one-day meeting, successfully established in 2020, will be able to host a big number of fans at the stadium with the other two editions having been held behind closed doors.
“We are prepared for the crowds. We are going to make this a very successful and entertaining event, and we are blessed and happy that this is the moment fans will be coming back to the stadium,” Korir said, adding that once again the country intends to showcase the top athletics talent from all over Africa along with those from other continents
He went on, ” We have support from the government of Kenya so that the security of the athletes and the spectators is catered for, of the numbers supersedes what the stadium can carry, definitely we have to have mechanisms to limit the number. On the other had we are going to have a small entry fees for the fans we be coming to watch the event,” he added.
On the other had Korir says they will soon be announcing who will face the home favorite Ferdinand Omanyala, who during the previous event last year clocked 9.77s to break Kenya’s 100m National record
“The men’s edition will equally be bigger than last year when top athletes like Trayvon Bromwel and Justin Gatlin competed,” added Korir.