Letsile Tebogo misses victory in 200m at Kip Keino classic

Botswana’s world bronze medallist Letsile Tebogo came off second best in a spectacular finish to the men’s 200m at the Kip Keino classic Continental Tour meet in Nairobi on Saturday.

America’s Courtney Lindsey, who already has the season’s best of 19.88 over the distance, pipped Tebogo in a photo finish.

Both runners set an identical world-leading time for this year of 19.71 seconds.

“I am not disappointed with my performance. I am happy because we’ve almost a week getting the legs rolling after we ran in South Africa last month,” Tebogo told reporters after the race.< /p>

“I feel I executed everything perfectly today,” he added.

“I still have a long season ahead. My first Diamond League will be in Eugene on May 25. Making it into the final in the (Paris) Olympics will be a big achievement for me since it will be my first Olympics,” added Tebogo who became the first African to win a 100m medal (silver) at the World Championships in Budapest last year to add to his 200m bronze.

His compatriot and training mate, Bayapo Ndori, a member of the bronze-winning 4 x400m relay quartet in Tokyo, set a world lead of 44.10 in the men’s 400 metres.< p>Bayapo eclipsed the previous season’s best time of 44.29 set by Tebogo at the Athletics South Africa Grand Prix series in Pretoria last month.

American 400m champion Bryce Deadmon was second in 44.41 while another Botswana runner Leungo Scotch set a personal best of 44.54 to take third.

Kenya’s world 800m champion Mary Moraa did not face any challenge in her first race over the distance since the world championships in Budapest.

Moraa took control of the two-lap race down the back straight and hit the tape in 1:57.96, with compatriot Nelly Chepchirchir a distant second i n 1:58.26. 

Kenya’s African 100m record holder Ferdinand Omanyala lost his first Kip Keino Classic Continental Tour race since 2021 when he finished a poor fifth.

America’s 200m Olympic silver medallist Kenneth Bednarek emerged the winner in a time of 9.91 seconds ahead of Liberian collegiate student Emmanuel Matadi in 9.99.

“I am very happy with my performance,” Bednarek said.

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