Gaborone, Botswana, (April 19) – The Botswana Golden Grand Prix will feature a host of world-class athletes when it takes place in Gaborone on April 29, after the meeting organizers announced another list of superstars this week.
On Wednesday, the meet directors revealed that the men’s 100m field has already confirmed five men with sub-10-second personal bests, which is the base for a very fast and entertaining race. The field includes world silver medallist Marvin Bracy of the United States, his fellow countryman, and the world and Olympic 200m silver medallist Kenny Bednarek, as well as the earlier confirmed African record holder Ferdinand Omanyala of Kenya.
The field also includes Canada’s world 4x100m gold medalist, Aaron Brown and Liberian record-holder Emmanuel Matadi. – Read more: Fraser-Pryce to open season at Botswana Golden Grand Prix
Meanwhile, the women’s long jump is headlined by Nigeria’s Ese Brume, the world indoor and outdoor silver medallist. Brume, who is also the Olympic bronze medallist and Commonwealth champion, holds the African record with a jump of 7.17m.
The 27-year-old will be joined in the field by African champion Marthe Koala of Burkina Faso and German Olympian Maryse Luzolo.
The 2023 Botswana Golden Grand Prix, which is part of the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold series, is one of the highest-level track and field meetings outside of the Diamond League, and it has been attracting several high-profile athletes from all over the world.
Among the highlighted stars already confirmed for the meeting are Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the Jamaican six-time individual world champion, who will compete in the women’s 100m, and American Sha’Carri Richardson, who will race in the 200m.