Kip Keino Classic has been dealt a massive blow after the reigning and multiple 100 meters women’s champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser- Pryce withdrew from the meeting after suffering a knee injury.
The 36-year-old sprint sensation was expected to bring fireworks in the event where she was ready to defend the title she won last year after clocking an impressive 10.67 seconds.
“It’s unfortunate that my stay in Kenya was too short… I was really looking forward to competing in Nairobi. I’m disappointed and feel so sorry for my Kenyan fans. I look forward to coming back to Kenya again,” Fraser-Pryce said as quoted by Nation.
Pryce suffered a knee injury on Thursday during training and was forced to jet off out of Kenya to Milan on Friday Morning for immediate treatment as her doctor was only available on Friday, said the event Director Barnaba Korir.
“She raised genuine concern and explained that after aggravating the knee injury, she immediately called her doctor in Milan who could only be available for emergency treatment on Friday, and that’s why we had to get the next available flight to get her to Milan. This is a huge blow to the meeting, but there’s nothing we could do. Fraser-Pryce explained to us in detail that at 36 years of age, she is not taking any chances with the injury and needed to seek immediate treatment to save her career,” Korir said.