Prefontaine Classic: What Ferdinand Omanyala Earned At Eugene Diamond League

Prefontaine Classic: What Ferdinand Omanyala Earned At Eugene Diamond League

Edwin Kiplagat
May 27, 2024 at 12:53 PM
  • Ferdinand Omanyala was beaten by Christian Coleman at the Prefontaine Classic
  • The African 100m record holder is still looking for his first win of the 2024 season
  • Aside from a cheque, the Kenyan ran sub-10 seconds for the first time this season

Ferdinand Omanyala's wait for his first win of the season continued when he finished second at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene.

The African record holder was narrowly beaten by former world champion, America's Christian Coleman, on Saturday, May 25.

Aside from a podium place, Omanyala got to take home a handsome cheque.

Ferdinand Omanyala, Christian Coleman, Eugene Diamond League, Prefontaine Classic, Kenya, 2024 Paris Olympics, World Athletics
Ferdinand Omanyala has one Diamond League win in his career and finished second in Oregon on May 25, 2024. Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis.
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On Saturday, Omanyala made a slow start and would've won if he had begun well.

Coleman led the race from start to finish but was almost beaten to the line by the Kenyan. He finished second in 9.98 seconds, while Coleman won in 9.95 seconds.

In front of his fans, the Kenyan started with a disappointing fifth-place finish in the 100m at the Kip Keino Classic in April. He finished in 10.03 seconds.

On May 18 at the adidas Atalanta City Games, he was beaten by former African record holder, South Africa's Akani Simbine. The 28-year-old clocked 10.00 seconds, while Simbine won in 9.90 seconds.

Omanyala is getting in top form ahead of the Olympics. Several Diamond League races remain before the 2024 Paris Olympics kick off.

His only Diamond League win in his career was in Monaco in 2023, where he clocked 9.92 seconds, per World Athletics.

It is a big year for Omanyala, who is seeking to win his second major medal. His 2022 Commonwealth gold medal remains his only medal in major competitions.

Last year at the World Athletics Championships, he finished a distant seventh. This year's games in Paris will probably be his last chance to get an Olympic medal.

Omanyala's earnings in Eugene

The Diamond League awards the top eight in every series meeting. The top three get $10,000, $6,000, and $3,000 respectively. In the final, the winner receives $30,000.

Therefore, Omanyala got a $6,000 cheque on Saturday for his second-place finish. However, he may have gotten more as an appearance fee. In Kenyan shillings, Omanyala earned 794,487 (1 USD = 132 KES).

It is unclear if he will compete at the Oslo (May 30) and Stockholm (June 2). Since they are too close, he may participate in just one of them.

Expectations will be high for Omanyala to perform better at the 2024 Olympics. Can he get a medal?

Omanyala fourth in Glasgow

Sports Brief also previously reported on Omanyala finishing fourth in Glasgow at the 2024 World Indoor Championships in March.

Coleman narrowly took gold ahead of his perennial rival, Noah Lyles, in 6.41 seconds, while Omanyala finished fourth in a time of 6.56 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.