- Team Kenya scooped three more medals on Friday in Mauritius, as the sprint stars, led by Omanyala made headlines again
- Omanyala guided his team to a gold medal in the 4x100m relay at the expense of rivals South Africa
- Kenya also bagged medals in the 800m and 3000m steeplechase to take their medal tally to four on Friday
More glory followed Team Kenya on Friday, June 10 as Ferdinand Omanyala guided Kenya to gold in the 4x100m relay in the ongoing Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Mauritius.
The quartet comprising Omanyala, Mike Mokamba, Samwel Imeta and Dan Kiviasi lit up the Cote d'Or National Sports Complex as they ran an impressive 39.28 to beat South Africa and Zimbabwe who claimed silver and bronze respectively.
As expected, Omanyala took the final stretch of the race and he once again showed his prowess in the sprint as he showed his closest challenger a clean pair of heels for Kenya to comfortably scoop gold.
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Other Kenyan performances
It is safe to say the Kenyan sprinters brought most of the glory from Friday’s action, but there were other decent performances elsewhere as well.
In the 400m, Veronicah Mutua managed to bag bronze after running in a time of 52.76, while Nicholas Kiplagat clocked 1:46.43 to claim silver in the men’s 800m race.
The 3000m steeplechase also had a Kenyan name in the top three as Geoffrey Kirwa crossed the line in 8:29.74 to claim bronze, coming behind Ethiopian duo of Amare Hailemariyam and Takele Tadese.
Quite impressively, Kenya now has four medals in the Championships.
How Omanyala beat Akani in 100m
Meanwhile, Sports Brief on Friday broke down how Omanyala was declared the winner in the 100m dash, after beating Simbine Akani by mere milliseconds.
It was a close call with Omanyala edging Simbine in what is called a photo-finish.
The home hero crossed the line with 9.927 seconds to beat SImbine’s 9.930 in one of the closest races in history
There was a dispute from Simbine’s camp as to why Omanyala was declared the winner despite Simbine’s head crossing the line first. The photo-finish rule was used to decide the new winner.
The rule stipulates that in case two or more athletes cross the line at the same time as seen by the naked eye, the athlete whose torso crossed the line first will be declared the winner. The rule was also applied in the World Championships in 2007 when America’s Alysson Felix was declared the winner ahead of Veronica Campbell.