Omanyala, Imeta through to 100m semis in Birmingham

Omanyala, Imeta through to 100m semis in Birmingham

The reigning African record holder and champion won his heat in a time of 10.07 seconds, finishing ahead of Cameroon’s Emmanuel Eseme who also reached the semis in a national record time of 10.08 seconds.

Ferdinand Omanyala

Ferdinand Omanyala reached the 100m semifinals at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England on Tuesday morning.

The reigning African record holder and champion won his heat in a time of 10.07 seconds, finishing ahead of Cameroon’s Emmanuel Eseme who also reached the semis in a national record time of 10.08 seconds.

Also reaching the semifinals was another Kenyan sprinter, Sammy Imeta who finished second in his heat in a time of 10.12 seconds.

Omanyala set a national record of 10.01 seconds in the 100 meters in winning a meeting at Yabatech Sport Complex, Lagos (NGR) on 30 March 2021.

At the 2020 Summer Olympic Games 100 metres semi final he set a new national record of 10.00 seconds. He was 0.04 behind eventual silver medalist Fred Kerley and 0.02 behind eventual bronze medalist Andre De Grasse. Omanyala then ran a new personal best of 9.86 seconds in Austria in August, becoming the first Kenyan to ever break the 10-second barrier.

On 18 September 2021, he ran a 9.77 (+1.2 m/s) for a new African record at the Kip Keino Classic held in Nairobi, Kenya coming in a close second place behind Trayvon Bromell, who ran the 2021 world leading time of 9.76.

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