King of Africa: Omanyala edges Simbine to win African title

King of Africa: Omanyala edges Simbine to win African title

Omanyala endured a slow start off the blocks but managed to dip in at the line ahead of Simbine, beating him for the second time in less than two months.

Ferdinand Omanyala

Ferdinand Omanyala is the new African 100m champion after edging out South African Akani Simbine in a photo finish to clinch the title in Mauritius on Thursday evening.

Omanyala endured a slow start off the blocks but managed to dip in at the line ahead of Simbine, beating him for the second time in less than two months.

The Kenyan sprint king clocked 9.93 secs to dip in first ahead of Simbine who timed 9.93 secs in finishing second.

Meanwhile, Winny Chebet had earlier on won Kenya’s first gold medal at the Championship after cruising to victory in the women’s 1500m, leading a Kenyan 1-2 finish with Purity Chepkirui finishing second.

Chebet clinched victory in a time of 4:16.10 while Chepkirui timed 4:16.28. Ethiopia’s Asegu Ayal prevented a Kenyan podium sweep when she edged out Brenda Chebet for third to clinch the bronze medal

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