Ferdinand Omanyala Narrowly Loses to Noah Lyles at Paris Diamond League

Ferdinand Omanyala Narrowly Loses to Noah Lyles at Paris Diamond League

Martin Moses
June 9, 2023 at 8:59 PM
  • Ferdinand Omanyala has another decent outing despite finishing second in Paris
  • 200-metres World Champion Noah Lyles edged the Commonwealth Champion by a microsecond
  • Omanyala has now finished in podium places in all the Diamond League races he has taken part in this year

Ferdinand Omanyala narrowly lost to Noah Lyles at the Paris Diamond League on June 9. Omanyala finished with 9.98, 0.01 seconds behind Lyles.

Omanyala looked destined to win the first Diamond League race of his career, but Lyles accelerated with less than 30 metres to go to win. Botswana sensation and World U-20 Champion Letsile Tebogo finished third with a time of 10.05 seconds.

This was Omanyala's third race at the Diamond League this year after finishing third in Rabat and second in last week's Florence Diamond League.

The race also saw the return of Olympic Champion Marcell Lamont Jacobs, who skipped his showdown with Fred Kerley in Rabat and Florence. The Italian, however, put in a disappointing performance as he finished 7th.

The Commonwealth champion will now take a seven-week break from international competitions to prepare for the World Athletics Championships in Budapest later this year.

Faith Kipyegon shatters another world record

Sports Brief has also reported that a week after smashing the 1500m world record at the Florence Diamond League meet, Faith Kipyegon has broken the 5000m world record at the Paris Diamond League.

The Kenyan beat Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey, who happened to be the 5000m world record holder.

Kipyegon clocked 14:05.20, beating her personal best (14:31.95) she set at the distance in 2015 in Paris.

Gidey's set the world record of 14:06.62 in 2020 in Valencia but was stunned by Kipyegon, who was running in her first 5000m in eight years.

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Martin Moses
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