Ferdinand Omanyala Wins 60m at Meeting Miramas Metropole in France

Ferdinand Omanyala Wins 60m at Meeting Miramas Metropole in France

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at February 2, 2024 at 9:43 PM
  • Ferdinand Omanyala powered to victory in the 60 m at the Meeting Miramas Metropole
  • The Kenyan sprinter set a personal best and a meeting record to secure the win
  • The Commonwealth champion is intensifying his preparations for the 2024 World Indoor Games

Ferdinand Omanyala stormed to victory in the 60m at the Meeting Miramas Metropole in France.

The Kenyan sprinter clocked 6.52 to beat perennial challenger Cote d'Ivoire's Arthur Cisse in his first race of the year out of the country.

It was Omanyala's personal best and meeting record.

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Ferdinand Omanyala will have a busy 2024 season. Photo by Luis Tato.
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The reigning Commonwealth champion was in the men's Final A of the Meeting Miramas Metropole. The Kenyan star dominated the race from start to finish in front of an excited crowd.

Cameroon's Emmanuel-Alobwede Eseme and Cisse. Eseme clocked 6.61 seconds ahead of Cisse, who rounded up the top three in 6.62 seconds. Africa's fastest man was beaten by Cisse in last year's meeting but has avenged the loss.

Other Kenyans, Mark Otieno and Tyson Omondi, failed to qualify for the final.

This was Omanyala's first major race of 2024. He will also take part in the Meeting Indoor De Paris on February 11 then run in the World Indoor Games in Glasgow, Scotland, between March 1 to 3.

Omanyala gearing up for indoor season

Sports Brief earlier reported on Omanyala preparing for the 2024 indoor season.

This will be Omanyala's third season participating in the indoor championships, culminating with the World Indoor Championships on March 1 to 3 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The 28-year-old lowered the national 60m record last year at the Lievin World Indoor Tour meet in France, where he beat the Olympic champion, Marcel Jacobs.

He says that he has more experience and will use the events to gauge his readiness for the outdoor season.

"No pressure. The competition is tough, especially at the world championships; everybody wants to win. The most important thing for me will be to keep the positivity all year."

Omanyala 3rd in Diamond League final

Sports Brief had earlier reported that former World Champion Christian Coleman stunned Noah Lyles to win the 2023 Diamond League final in Eugene on September 16.

Kenya's hero and Africa's fastest man, Ferdinand Omanyala, finished third behind the Americans in his first-ever finals.

Coleman tied the world lead, clocking 9.83 seconds to beat Lyles' 9.85. Omanyala clocked a similar 9.85 but was adjudged to have been behind by a thousandth of a second by the photo-finish rule.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.
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