Africa and Commonwealth 100 meters title holder Ferdinand Omanyala and World 100 meters women’s title holder Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce will headline the second World Athletics Continental Tour, Gold Meeting in Gaborone on 29th April 2023.
Omanyala- who has already qualified for the 2023 Budapest World Championships after he clocked 9.82 seconds at the second Athletics Kenya meeting in Nairobi, will be hoping to continue with his impressive run in his season.
“I am excited because I am told that it is a fast track and you know what happens in fast tracks; we run fast times. I am promising you a big show and I am coming to bring the National Stadium in Gaborone down,” vowed Omanyala.
Shelly-Ann on the other hand will be hoping to kickstart her season emphatically like her 2022 season opener where she took part in the Continental Tour, Gold meeting- Kip Keino classic where she ran a blistering speed of 10.67 seconds which was the fastest time women’s 100 meters in a season opener.
“I will be returning to Africa at the Botswana Continental Tour Gold track meet,” said Fraser-Pryce in a message to fans. “I am excited to be opening my season so you guys get to see me run fast and have fun,” she said.
Other notable athletes that will take part in the event will include; 400 meters Granadian champion Kirani James.
With the addition of Botswana after Kenya’s Kip Keino Classic on May 13 at the Moi International Sports Complex, Kasarani, Africa now has two events on the Tour.
The 2023 Athletics calendar has 14 Continental Gold Tour events spread over five of the six continents. The Continental Gold Events started in Melbourne, Australia, on 23 February and will run through to September, when the Memorial Borisa Hanzekovica in Zagreb, Croatia, welcomes athletes on 8-10 September.