KENYA: As promised, Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala ran his first sub 10 seconds on Kenyan soil when he smashed both the African and Kenyan 100m record during the Absa Kip Keino Classic at Kasarani on Saturday.
Omanyala pushed the 2015 World Trayvon Bromell from the United States to the line, clocking 9.77 seconds to finish second in the race and record the second fastest time over the distance this year.
Bromell had the last laugh to win the race and improve his personal record by 0.1 with the fastest time this year of 9.76 seconds.
Omanyala smashed the African record of 9.84 seconds held by South African Akani Simbine.
Omanyala also shattered his own national record that stood at 9.86 seconds as he outclassed his idol, two-time World 100m champion Justin Gatlin from United States to third place in 10.03 seconds.
“I felt like i could go faster. I sprained my groin at the warm-up area so I wasn’t sure of if I was going to run fast, but I am happy it behaved,” said Omanyala. “There is still much much more to come from me.”
Omanyala said setting new African and Kenyan records will sink in days later.
“It’s a good thing and i thank God for it, it’s by God’s grace.”
Omanyala said closing the season on that high means alot to him.
“It’s just a blessing and that means i shall start next season on a high. I know 2022 will be kind and good to me God willing,” said Omanyala.
However, Omanyala said he will have to improve on his starts for a better performance.