Ferdinand Omanyala Storms to Men’s 60m Semis at World Athletics Indoor Championships

Ferdinand Omanyala Storms to Men’s 60m Semis at World Athletics Indoor Championships

Edwin Kiplagat
March 1, 2024 at 1:26 PM
  • Ferdinand Omanyala is in the semis of the men's 60m
  • The Kenyan narrowly edged Shuhei Tada to win his heat
  • Africa's fastest man could face Noah Lyles in the final

Africa's fastest man, Ferdinand Omanyala, has reached the semi-final of the 2024 World Athletics Championships in Glasgow after winning his heat.

The Kenyan sprinter clocked 6.52 seconds to beat Japan's Shuhei Tada and Marc Brian Louis finished third.

Ferdinand Omanyala, World Athletics Indoor Championships, Glasgow, Kenya
Ferdinand Omanyala is seeking to win his first indoor medal. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba.
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Omanyala will compete in the semi-final later in the day and could face 100m world champion Noah Lyles and 60m world record holder, American Christian Coleman.

The race could've been a disaster for the 28-year-old after he inadvertently stepped into Brendon Rodney's lane. However, since the encroachment didn't give him an advantage, he wasn't be disqualified.

The Kenyan was comfortable from the start, but Tada gave him a run for his money towards the end. The Japanese and Louis both set national records, per World Athletics.

Omanyala has had an impressive indoor season. He clocked a national record of 6.51 seconds in France. Earlier last month, he clocked 6.52 to win the men's 60m in Miramas, France, per Capital Sports.

The Commonwealth 100m champion could face world 100m champion Lyles and Coleman in the final, in what promises to be a nail-biter.

Lyles and Coleman reach semis

American srpoint superstar Lyles started his race poorly but comfortably won his heat to reach the final. The 100m and 200m world champion finished his heat in 6.57 seconds.

Meanwhile, Coleman, the 2018 world champion, easily won his heat in 6.49 seconds, the fastest time in the first round.

Henrik Larsson, Chituru Ali, Emmanuel Eseme, Daniel Tolosa, and Ackeem Blake also won their heats.

Omanyala sets new record

Sports Brief earlier reported that Omanyala stormed to victory at the Paris Indoor Tour on Sunday, February 11, setting a new record.

The Kenyan sprint star broke his national record again, running 6.51 seconds to finish ahead of Emmanuel Matadi in the 60m.

Matadi used 6.57 seconds to finish in second place behind Omanyala, with Azu Jeremiah third with 6.59 seconds.

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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.