Africa: Mboma, Masilingi and Ta Lou meet at Kip Keino Classic

The Ivorian 100m bronze medalist Marie-Josee Ta Lou from Ivory Coast and the Namibian Olympic 200m silver medalist Chrissitine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi will renew their rivalry over the women’s 200m on September 18 at the Kip Keino Classic in Nairobi.

Ta Lou, who finished fifth in the 100 meters and over 200 meters at the Tokyo Olympics, and Mboma will head to Nairobi after meeting in the women’s 200-meter final in Zurich, the 2021 Diamond League final on Thursday evening bring.

The fast-rising Mboma was still hot from her explosive women’s 200m win in Brussels last Friday, where she won in 21.84 seconds on her debut in the Diamond League and stunned a strong field.

Mboma ousted the Olympic 100 m silver medalist Shericka Jackson from Jamaica and the 200 m world champion Dina Asher-Smith from the USA in 21.95 and 22.04 respectively.

Sha’Carri Richardson (USA) and Masilingi, the U20 silver medalists in the 100 m and 200 m, finished fourth and fifth in 10:45 pm and 10:50 pm, respectively.

Kip Keino’s meeting leader Barnaba Korir noted that it will not be the first time Ta Lou, Mboma and Masilingi are touring Kenya.

“The Namibians set the U20 World Cup on fire at the Moi International Sports Center in Kasarani with their dazzling shows last month,” said Korir, adding that there will be more exterior for the final leg of the World Athletics Continental Golf Tour after the Zurich event expected.

Mboma and Masilingi reached the 200m final at the Tokyo Olympics and while Mboma took silver, Masilingi was fifth when she lost to Jamaican sprint queen Elaine Thompson-Herah.

In Nairobi, Mboma won the U20 world title in the 200 m in a championship record time of 21.84, while Masilingi was satisfied with silver in a personal best of 22.18, but Masilingi had previously taken silver in the 100 m and the fight against the Jamaican Tina Clayton lost.

Nevertheless, the youngsters have already set the course for their possible dominance in the short-distance races in the future.

Ta Lou, the two-time Africa champion over 200 meters, last competed in Nairobi during the 2010 African Seniors Championships, where she reached the semi-finals over 100 meters while losing over 200 meters in the first round.

Ta Lou’s last visit, however, was when she was the main celebrity guest during the 2019 Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year Award (Soya) gala held in Mombasa last January.

Mboma has the personal best of 21.81 over 200m from the Tokyo Olympics final, while Ta Lou and Masilingi have 22.08 and 22.18 respectively.

Korir announced that United States 100m world champion Fred Kerley competed in the men’s 200m race against the Commonwealth Games 400m champion Isaac Makwala of Botswana and the Nairobi U20 200m bronze medalist Sinesipho Dambile from South Africa will compete.

Kerley and Makwala were supposed to meet on Thursday evening in Zurich over the men’s 200m before heading to Nairobi.

Makwala, 35, is fresh from winning his 200m race at the World Athletics Gold Tour in Hengelo on June 6th, before entering the Diamond League stages in Oslo (June 10th) and Paris (August 28th) Places three and five took place.

In addition to winning bronze in the men’s 200m at the Junior World Championships, Dabile anchored South Africa to victory in the 4x100m relay.

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