The Kip Keino Classic is one of the most exciting events on the Kenyan athletics calendar. The event, named after the legendary athlete Kipchoge Keino, is a testament to Kenya's rich history of producing world-class runners and showcases some of the best athletes from around the world. The 2023 event occurred on 13th May at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya
The event featured a range of track and field events, including sprints, middle-distance races, hurdles, and field events such as long jump, high jump, and shot put. The highlight of the event is the 1500m race, which is named after Kipchoge Keino himself. This event always attracts a strong field of athletes, who compete fiercely to win the coveted prize.
Commonwealth Games 10,000 metres silver medallist Daniel Simiu blew away the field to win the men's 10,000m to go to triumph in 28 minutes and 09.93 seconds. Simiu edged out Edwin Kipkemoi to second place in 28:30.05 as Stanley Njihia clocked 28:30.61.
National 400 metres hurdles champion Wiseman Were and Hannah Mwangi sizzled to set new meet records when they won their respective 400m hurdles races. Were, who is also the 110mH champion, clocked 49.49 seconds to put away the men’s race, as Mwangi dipped home in a personal best of 57.44 to reign in the women’s race.
Africa's fastest man, Ferdinand Omanyala won the 2023 100m race after clocking 9:84 seconds. This is the second time Omanyala is winning the Kip Keino Classic. At the same time, America’s Terry 'Tee Tee' Twanisha won the 100m women's race at 10.86 seconds.
This was the 4th edition of the Kipkeino Classic which witnessed the participation of over 200 elite athletes from around the world, including reigning world champions, alongside talented Kenyan athletes. This prestigious event not only showcased the remarkable talent of these athletes but also offered a platform for partnering organisations to promote their products and services to a global audience. Through various channels such as in-person attendance, broadcasts, and live streaming across local and international media, fans had the opportunity to witness the exceptional performances of these renowned athletes.
With a commitment to supporting and sponsoring upcoming athletes, ENDA recognizes the importance of providing opportunities for local talents to shine. The Kipkeino Classic serves as an exceptional platform for these aspiring athletes, allowing them to compete against internationally acclaimed sports stars. By participating in such a prestigious event, these promising individuals are given a valuable chance to showcase their skills and potential, ultimately paving the way for their future success in the world of sports.