The Kip Keino Classic – and, indeed, the 2021 World Athletics Continental Tour Gold series – ended on a high with some incredible performances at Nairobi’s Kasarani Stadium on Saturday (18).
In the closest finish of the day, the 100m duel between USA’s Trayvon Bromell and Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala produced two of the fastest performances in history in the short sprint as Bromell won in a world-leading 9.76 ahead of Omanyala’s African record of 9.77 (1.2m/s).
Bromell had a good start from the blocks and quickly opened a gap on the rest of the field before Omanyala began to close in on the US champion in the final stages. Bromell just held on for victory and improved his PB by 0.01, moving to equal sixth on the world all-time list, two places ahead of Omanyala.
“I may not have grabbed the gold in Tokyo, but given where I came from, I feel I’ve already won,” Bromell posted on social media after the race. “Five years ago I underwent surgery. 2017-19 I was at home watching track from the couch. Now it’s 2021 and I’m the sixth fastest in history.”
SOURCE: WORLD ATHLETICS