Justin Gatlin, the only man who beat Bolt to run at Kipkeino Classic

Friday, September 10th, 2021 00:00 |
Justin Gatlin reacts after winning the 100m race during the 2017 World Athletics Championships. Photo/PD/SPORTPICHA

Former World and Olympic 100m champion Justin Gatlin is the latest top athlete to have been confirmed for this year’s Kipkeino Classic Continental Tour slated for September 18.

The 39-year-old Gatlin, who won gold at the 2004 and 2016 Olympics 100m race and failed to make the cut for a fourth appearance at the Olympic Games, during the Tokyo showpiece, is one of the top names confirmed yesterday by event director Barnaba Korir.

Gatlin is expected to light up the 100m race which is being introduced in the Tour this year.

He joins already stellar field that has Olympic 100m silver medallist Fred Kerley and Travon Bromell, fastest men in 2021 both from the US and kenya’s national record holder Ferdinand Omanyala.

The latest confirmations joins up to three Olympic gold medalist who had earlier confirmed to take part in the event entering it’s second edition.

Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion Soufiane El Bakkali of Morocco who brought to an end Kenya’s dominance at the Olympic Games is set for another epic clash with Kenyans at their own turf.

The corresponding women’s race will have Olympic champion Peruth Chemutai of Uganda making a return to Nairobi after placing sixth in the inaugural event last year.

Olympic hammer throw champion Wojciech Nowicki is also expected in the country, same as Iryna Klymets of Ukraine in the women’s event.

The in-form Christine Mboma of Namibia is also expected to return to Nairobi in just under three weeks after bagging the World Under-20 title in 200m.

The Olympic silver medallist will be joined by compatriot Beatrice Masilingi who clinched silver in both 100m and 200m at the World Under-20 Championships.

Commonwealth Games 400m champion Isaac Makwala of Botswana is also expected to battle it out for the top honours at the one-day event.

Korir, said organisers were still expecting a galaxy of stars to grace the event which is the only meeting being held on African soil.

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