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Gold for Kenya As Africa’s Fastest Man Ferdinand Omanyala Bags Victory in Men’s 100 Metres Final in Birmingham
- Ferdinand Omanyala got his revenge by striking gold in the men's 100 metres at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham
- Omanyala, who did not get a fair opportunity to compete at the World Athletics Championships, put his woes behind him to race to victory
- He is now the African and Commonwealth Champion as well as the African record holder
Ferdinand Omanyala 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 over 60 years.
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Simbine settled for silver with a time of 10.13 seconds. Omanyala was the favourite after going through the semifinals with the fastest time.
The 26-year-old has now added the Commonwealth title to his African title. He is also the fastest man on the continent, with a time of 9.77 seconds.
It was redemption for Omanyala, who missed out on the finals of the World Athletics Championships after delayed visa issues curtailed his preparations. He ended up bowing out in the semifinals.
But he was not to be denied in Birmingham. Often known for his acceleration despite a relatively poor start, Omanyala picked the pace from the word go, with Simbine threatening to close him down.
But just as he did in the Africa championships in June, Omanyala beat Simbine to become the new Commonwealth champion.
It was also Kenya's first gold medal at this year's championships in Birmingham.
Near miss for Kenya as Irene Cheptai and Sheila Kiprotich settle for silver and bronze
At the same time, Sports Brief has reported that Eilish McColgan raced to a surprise 10,000 metres women's victory at the Commonwealth Games to beat Kenyans Irene Cheptai and Sheila Kiprotich.
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McColgan ran a wonderful race, almost from gun to tape, to replicate the exploits of her mother, who won the same race at the 1986 edition of the games.
It was heartbreak for Cheptai, who looked destined to beat McColgan with less than 200 metres to go. But McColgan's long strides helped her outsprint the World Cross country champion, who eventually had to settle for silver.