Nairobi, April 20 – The Kip Keino Classic, a distinguished fixture on the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold calendar, was graced with unexpected rain, adding to the charm of an already successful day. The warmth of the afternoon slowly gave way to a refreshing shower, blessing the final event with its presence.

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In the men’s hammer throw, world champion Ethan Katzberg delivered a performance of unparalleled excellence, setting a new benchmark with a throw of 84.38m – a mark not surpassed since 2008. Surpassing his previous personal best of 81.25m, Katzberg showcased remarkable consistency, with all five of his valid throws surpassing his own record. Mykhaylo Kokhan also impressed, securing second place with a throw of 80.76m, followed closely by Wojciech Nowicki and Pawel Fajdek.

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The women’s hammer throw witnessed a captivating duel, with USA’s Janee Kassanavoid, the world silver medallist, emerging victorious with a fifth-round throw of 75.99m, much to the delight of the spectators.

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The 800m events provided further excitement, as world champion Mary Moraa and world silver medallist Emmanuel Wanyonyi enthralled the home crowd with their stellar performances. Mary Moraa dominated the women’s 800m, setting a new meeting record with a remarkable time of 1:57.96, while Wanyonyi showcased his prowess in the men’s 800m, clinching victory with an electrifying run.

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The men’s 200m witnessed an intense battle, with Courtney Lindsey of the USA narrowly edging out Letsile Tebogo of Botswana in a closely contested race.

The 100m sprints showcased exceptional athleticism, with Kenny Bednarek of the USA and Gina Mariam Bass Bittaye of The Gambia emerging victorious in their respective events. Botswana’s Bayapo Ndori set a world-leading time in the men’s 400m, further raising the bar of competition at the Kip Keino Classic.

As the event unfolded, the javelin throw, the men’s 10,000m, and the women’s 5000m and 3000m steeplechase events captivated the audience with displays of sheer talent and determination. The Kip Keino Classic concluded with a series of remarkable performances, highlighting the enduring spirit of athleticism and sportsmanship.