07-05-2022 by redazione
It will be Italy versus Kenya, with an American third wheel, the most exciting 100 meter race on the African continent, scheduled today at the Moi International Sports Centre in Kasarani, Nairobi.
For the "Kip Keino Classic", an athletics event dedicated to one of the great champions of Kenyan middle-distance running, Olympian Kipchoge Keino, this year's number one and number two at the recent Tokyo Olympics have arrived, the Italian-born American Lamont Marcell Jacobs. Gold medalist, and American Fred Kerley, silver medalist.
The two will compete against host Ferdinand Omanyala, Africa's fastest man, not only the continental record holder but the first Kenyan to reach an Olympic 100-meter final. The start of the 100 meters is scheduled for 5:55 pm local time (4:55 pm in Italy, live on Sky).
It will be an exciting race that for Jacobs will be the first real test of the new season, which will culminate with the World Championships.
Omanyala, for his part, appears to be fierce and a few days ago he had already publicly invited Jacobs to "come to Nairobi to have a safari in the city park, watch the animals and relax in the nature, because I will win the race".
The distant Italian had responded in kind: "It's nice to hear his words, I like these challenges because they are good for the race, his sentiments are right because anything is possible. I met Omanyala once in the 60m at the World Indoor Tour in February, but I know Omanyala prefers the 100m. I'm looking forward to competing against him again."
Jacobs arrived at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport yesterday and was greeted by the press with full honors. There is much anticipation for the most electrifying ten seconds of any track and field meet.
Among the two, at the Kip Keino Classic, we must not underestimate Kerley, beaten by Jacobs in Japan by only 6 hundredths in that historic final that saw the Italian flag return to the Olympic speed podium forty-two years after Pietro Mennea.
On Friday afternoon, the three participated in a fun press conference where they still challenged each other with words. "How about 9:60?" Catch me if you can!" launched the Kenyan. Kerley made it clear he was on the ball and Jacobs concluded "You two are the reason I'm here in Nairobi, I can't wait to run."
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