African Champion Ferdinand Omanyala on Cusp of Commonwealth Gold After Qualifying for Finals

African Champion Ferdinand Omanyala on Cusp of Commonwealth Gold After Qualifying for Finals

Martin Moses
August 3, 2022 at 9:31 PM
  • Ferdinand Omanyala booked his spot in the 100 metres finals of the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham
  • Omanyala was in semifinal 2, where he floored everyone, clocking a time of 10.02 seconds to secure his final spot
  • He will face the defending champion Akani Simbine of South Africa, which is slated for later tonight

Home hero Ferdinand Omanyala will have the chance to compete for gold at the Commonwealth Games after qualifying for the 100 metres finals in style.

Omanyala won the second heat of the semifinals with a time of 10.02 seconds to book his place in the final that will be held later tonight.

Ferdinand Omanyala, Commonwealth Games

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The African record holder and champion has now won back-to-back races in the preliminary rounds of the Games after equally finishing first in round 1 yesterday.

He is now set to renew his rivalry with the defending Commonwealth champion Akani Simbine who also finished first in semi-final 1.

The duo will also come up against Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, Emmanuel Eseme, Jeremiah Azu, Rohan Browning, Benjamin Azamati and Yupun Abeykoon.

Ferdinand Omanyala and Samwel Imeta qualify for 100 metres semi-finals

Sports Brief had earlier reported that Africa's fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala began his hunt for the Commonwealth title emphatically by winning his heat on Tuesday afternoon.

Omanyala clocked 10.07 seconds to win the fifth heat of the first round of the 100 metres at Alexandra Stadium in Birmingham. He beat the second-placed Emmanuel Eseme using the photo-finish rule, with the Cameroonian adjudged to have used 10.08 seconds.

Omanyala is looking to put behind him his rocky performance at the World Athletics Championships, where he failed to reach the final. The African record holder had visa issues which had really hampered his preparations.

First gold for Kenya at the Commonwealth Games

Omanyala then, later on, went to win the finals, as Sports Brief reported. He atoned for his World Athletics Championships misfortunes by winning the men's 100 metres final of the Commonwealth Games.

Omanyala dethroned the reigning champion Akani Simbine by running 10.02 seconds to become the first Kenyan to win the race in more than 60 years.

Simbine settled for silver with a time of 10.13 seconds. Omanyala was the favourite after going through the semifinals with the fastest time.

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