Prefontaine Classic: Ferdinand Omanyala second as Christian Coleman wins in Eugene

Prefontaine Classic: Ferdinand Omanyala second as Christian Coleman wins in Eugene

Martin Moses
updated at May 25, 2024 at 9:01 PM
  • Ferdinand Omanyala ran a season's best to take second place at the Prefontaine Classic
  • The Diamond League event was won by 2019 100m world champion Christian Coleman
  • It was the first time Omanyala dipped under 10 seconds in his 2024 outdoor season

Ferdinand Omanyala finished second at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on May 25. Omanyala clocked 9.98 seconds just behind Christian Coleman, who won the race with a time of 9.95 seconds.

USA's Brandon Hicklin was third with a time of 10.12 seconds.

Christian Coleman, Ferdinand Omanyala, Prefontaine Classic, Paris Olympics, Noah Lyles
Noah Lyles, Christian Coleman and Ferdinand Omanyala compete at the 2023 Prefontaine Classic in Eugene. Photo by Ali Gradischer.
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It was Omanyala's first appearance in a Diamond League event this season after competing at the World Indoor Championships in early March and a couple of other races in his outdoor season.

The Commonwealth champion returned to Hayward Field, where he finished third at last season's finals, which Coleman won. The former world champion ran a world-leading time of 9.83 seconds then.

Omanyala's 2024 season so far

His season hasn't gotten off to a perfect start as he seeks to pace himself ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics. This was Omanyala's third 100m of the season. He finished fifth at the Kip Keino Classic on home soil in April before taking second place behind Akani Simbine at the Atalanta City Games last weekend.

The 28-year-old will, however, be buoyed by the fact that he dipped below 10 seconds for the first time this season.

From Oregon, Omanyala will head to Jamaica next week, where he is scheduled to face reigning champion Noah Lyles , among others, at the Jamaica Racers Grand Prix.

Beatrice Chebet breaks 10,000m world record

Earlier at the same event, Beatrice Chebet shattered the women's 10,000m world record by running a spectacular race in a time of 28 minutes and 54.15 seconds.

Sports Brief has reported that it was Chebet's first 10,000m race in over four years, but she showed no signs of rustiness as she became the first woman in history to run below 29 minutes.

The 24-year-old, who is a double medalist in the 5000m at the World Championships, will now decide whether to double up both races at the Paris Olympics.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)