Ferdinand Omanyala beats legendary Justin Gatlin to break Africa 100m record Kenya News
- Omanyala’s time of 9.76 seconds on Kipchoge Keino’s world continental tour The men’s 100m in Kasarani is the second fastest in the world this year
- Eternal Justin Gatlin, who won gold at the 2004 Olympics, finished third in the race
- Latest achievement means Omanyala now ranks fifth in all-time sprinter list
Ferdinand Omanyala broke the Kenyan sprint record for the fifth time when he came second behind American Travyon Brommel in the 100m of Kip Keino’s classic games on Saturday 18 September.
Omanyala faced a star-studded group of sprint kings in the Absa Kip Keino Classic games, which included 2004 Olympic champion Justin Gatlin and fellow American speed demon Travyon Brommel.
The Kenyan sprinter has been in good shape since the Tokyo Games and broke many Kenyan records in preparation for the home race, and expectations were extremely high for the 28-year-old to put on a good show.
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Once the race started, Omanyala got off to a great start, overtaking the majority of her rivals in the first 50 meters.
Towards the end of the race he only had Brommel to beat but unfortunately lost the track because Brommel narrowly beat him by a few milliseconds.
It was another extremely impressive race for Omanyala, who clocked a time of 9.76, against 9.75 for Brommel.
Another day, another record for Omanyala
At this point, there is no denying that Omanyala is doomed for greatness as he has been running some impressive times in recent months.
But maybe this particular race at Kasarani Stadium will matter the most, and for several reasons as well.
On the one hand, it was a race that Omanyala faced amidst some track legends.
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And not only has he really impressed on his home soil while being overlooked by President Uhuru Kenyatta and CS sportsman Amina Mohammed, he has also broken an important record.
His time of 9.76 seconds means he is now officially the fastest man in Africa as he succeeds South African Akani Simbine.
Simbine’s 9.84-second record, which he set in the 100-meter race at the Gyulai Istvan Memorial in Hungary, lasted just two months as Africa found a new king in the form of the Kenyan Omanyala.
Source: Tuko Journal