Lyles Wins Men’s 100m, Omanyala 7th at World Athletics Championships

Lyles Wins Men’s 100m, Omanyala 7th at World Athletics Championships

Martin Moses
updated at August 21, 2023 at 7:29 AM
  • Noah Lyles is the new world 100m champion after victory at the World Athletics Championships
  • The American obliterated the field to run the fastest time this year on his way to his Budapest win
  • Africa champion Ferdinand Omanyala ended seventh but Botswana's Letsile Tebogo made history

Noah Lyles delivered on his promise by winning the men's 100m world title on Sunday evening in a world-leading time of 9.83 seconds.

Letsile Tebogo also made history by becoming the first African to medal in the event's history. The Botswanan under-20 prodigy won silver with a brilliant time of 9.88 seconds.

Noah Lyles poses with the American flag after winning gold at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, on August 20..
Noah Lyles of Team USA celebrates after winning gold in the men's 100m at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, on August 20. Photo by David Ramos.
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Great Britain's Zharnel Hughes finished third with another sub-10 performance of 9.88 seconds, but Tebogo was adjudged to have been ahead using the photo finish rule.

Jamaica's Oblique Seville missed out on the podium places via similar rules. World Athletics reports that just 0.004 separated second and fourth place in the race.

Kenya's Ferdinand Omanyala finished a disappointing seventh in his first-ever final. The African champion had scraped through to the finals after qualifying as one of the fastest non-automatic finishers.

The event had already claimed casualties, with defending champion, Fred Kerley and Olympic champion, Marcell Jacobs, being eliminated in the semi-finals.

Lyles is now on course to becoming a double world champion in both the 100m and 200m. He is the defending champion in the latter and will be the favourite to win a third successive title later this week.

Omanyala will now focus his attention on the Diamond League finals to be staged in Eugene, Oregon, next month. He leads the 2023 standings alongside South Africa's Akani Simbine.

First medal for Team Kenya

In contrasting news, Daniel Ebenyo won silver in the 10,000m on Sunday evening to get Kenya's medal hunt at the World Athletics Championships up and running.

Sports Brief reported that he finished behind Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei - who defended the title he won in 2022 - with Ethiopia's Solomon Barega finishing in third.

Cheptegei set a season-best of 27:51.42 in the heat of Budapest, Ebenyo posted 27:52.62, and Barega - the reigning Olympic champion - recorded 27:52.72.

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