Moroccan Soufiane El Bakkali is among the galaxy of stars expected to grace the one-day Kip Keino Classic – a World athletics Continental Tour meet slated for September 18 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Bakkali will travel to Kenya, a country that is still reeling from the pain of losing a first Olympic gold in 3000m steeplechase in close to four decades.
The pain inflictor was Bakkali himself, the Olympic champion who ended Kenyan’s dominance in the water and barrier race.
But now Bakkali is set for another epic clash with Kenyan runners at the Kasarani stadium, that recently hosted the World Athletics Under-20 Championships.
Fred Kerley, the Olympic 100m silver medallist who is fresh from victory at the Brussels Diamond League, is also expected to light up the show as well as the Commonwealth Games 400m champion Isaac Makwala of Botswana.
Also expected in Kenyan is the USA’s Fred Kerley, the Olympic 100m silver medallist, who beat Ferdinand Omanyala in the men’s 100m at the Brussels Diamond League on Sunday.
Newly crowned Olympic champion 3,000m SC Peruth Chemutai of Uganda, who finished sixth in the inaugural event last year, will be returning to the event in Nairobi.
Other star names who are expected in Nairobi include men and women’s Olympic hammer champion Wojciech Nowicki and Ukrainian Iryna Klymets. Namibian Christine Mboma who shattered the 200m record at the same stadium (Kasarani) last month.
The Kip Keino Classic is named after Kenya’s legendary runner Kipchoge Keino.
The Nairobi event will be the final leg of the track and field season and it will take place just four days after the Memorial Borisa Hanžekovića tour that will take place in Croatia on September 13-14.