Ferdinand Omanyala Storms to World Lead at Athletics Kenya Meet
- Commonwealth 100 metres champion Ferdinand Omanyala set a World lead time on Saturday
- Omanyala won the race with a time of 9.81 seconds to rubberstamp his authority in the discipline
- Samwel Imeta also set history as the second Kenyan to run a race below 10 seconds
Africa's fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala continued with his superb start to the season after creating a new 100 metres World lead at the Athletics Kenya meet on Saturday.
AK held its first meet of the season over two days at the Nyayo National Stadium as athletes stepped up preparations ahead of the World Athletics Championships later this year in Hungary.
As expected, Omanyala was the star attraction, with Africa's fastest man delivering on both days. He used a time of 9.81 seconds, officially the fastest time this season.
AK meets are often ratified by the World Athletics, which means Omanyala has set the pace for fellow athletes this season.
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It was an all-around positive meeting for sprinters as Samwel Imeta became only the second Kenyan to clock a sub-10 after running 9.94 seconds. Imeta is Omanyala's teammate in the 4 X 100 metres races.
He has now qualified for the Athletics Championships alongside Omanyala. The qualifying Standard for the Budapest games is 10.00.
Omanyala started with a time of 9.86 seconds in the heats on Friday before clocking 9.95 in the semifinals on Saturday morning. He rounded off a brilliant evening by running his second-fastest time ever.
Omanyala's new record
Sports Brief had earlier reported that the 27-year-old set a new national record in the 60 metres race on February 15th.
Omanyala floored an elite start list headlined by 100 metres Olympic champion Marcell Lamont Jacobs to record a time of 6.54 seconds at the Lievin World Indoor Tour meet in France.
Jacobs came in second, clocking 6.57 seconds, while Ivorian Arthur Cisse completed the podium finish with a time of 6.59 seconds. Omanyala suffered from another poor start but hit maximum acceleration once he got off the blocks to cap off another successful meet.