On January 26, 2024, Rukia Nusra Omulisia broke the national 100m hurdles record at the Athletics Kenya (AK) track and field weekend meeting held at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi. She crossed the finishing line in 13:71 seconds, which was 17 seconds faster than her previous national record of 13:87 set in June 2023.
Following this achievement, Rukia Nusra expressed her determination to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, focusing on various sprinting events including 100m, 200m, and 400m. She has been identified as Kenya’s next sprinting sensation.
The AK Nairobi meet attracted both local and international star athletes, including Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala, the 100m African record holder, who was expected to compete in the 200m race. Notably, there was anticipation for the showdown between Omanyala and another athlete, Otieno, who had recently returned from a doping suspension. Other athletes, such as Samuel Chege and Justin Mogoi, were also mentioned as participants in the event.
In addition to Rukia Nusra’s record-breaking performance, Maximila Imali, known as the “Kisii Express,” was set to compete in multiple disciplines including the 400m race, long jump, and 100m. It was revealed that these events, including the AK meetings, would be used to identify and assemble a strong squad for Kenya’s representation in the upcoming 2024 African Games in Accra, Ghana, scheduled for March 18 to March 23.