Ferdinand Omanyala Suffers Another Loss As Fred Kerley Wins Florence Diamond League

Ferdinand Omanyala Suffers Another Loss As Fred Kerley Wins Florence Diamond League

Martin Moses
June 2, 2023 at 8:58 PM
  • World Champion in 100-metre race Fred Kerley won his second successive Diamond League race
  • Africa's fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala had to settle for second place at the Luigi Rudolffo Stadium
  • Omanyala improved position-wise after finishing third in Rabat on Sunday

Ferdinand Omanyala came in second as World Champion Fred Kerley beat him again at the Florence Diamond League.

It was an improved performance from Omanyala, who finished third on Sunday. Kerley clocked 9.94 seconds, with Omanyala using 10.05 seconds.

Fred Kerley, Ferdinand Omanyala, Marcell Jacobs, Rabat Diamond League
Athletes compete in the 100-metre race at the Florence Diamond League on June 2. Photo by Valerio Pennicino.
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It was the second time this week we had an almost similar lineup after Kerley won the Rabat Diamond League on Sunday.

Kerley vs Jacobs

The two races were initially supposed to be a face-off between Kerley, who is the reigning World Champion and Marcell Jacobs, who won gold at the Tokyo Olympics. Jacobs, however, withdrew from both races citing a lumbosacral nerve block.

Kerley proved too strong for the African and Commonwealth champion again as they continue preparing for the World Athletics Championships in Budapest.

Reigning Diamond League champion Trayvon Bromell came in third with 10.09 same as South African Akani Simbine. Simbine was second in Rabat last week.

The back-to-back podium finishes will give Omanyala improved confidence as he seeks to medal at the Budapest games in August. Last year, he bowed out at the semifinals after a visa hitch derailed his operations.

Faith Kipyegon sets new world record

Afterwards, Faith Kipyegon shattered the 1500 metres world record by running a blistering race at the Florence Diamond League on June 2.

Sports Brief reported that the double World and Olympic champion ran a time of 3:49:11 to set a new record-breaking Genzebe Dibaba's record of 3:50:07. Dibaba's record has been around since 2015.

It was literally Kipyegon against the clock as soon as the gun went off. She blew off her competition among them, Olympic silver medalist and World Bronze medalist Laura Muir. She used an astonishing 61 seconds in the third lap as she raced to set the fastest time in the event.

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