Oregon 2022: Omanyala misses out on World Championships final

Sunday, July 17th, 2022 04:49 | By
Ferdinand Omanyala in action during the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia in March. PHOTO/Courtesy

Ferdinand Omanyala’s fairy tale at the World Athletics Championships came to an end on Sunday morning after he finished fifth in Heat three of the semi-final in Eugene, Oregon. 

Omanyala clocked 10.14 in a race won by Jamaica youngster Oblique Seville who clocked 9.90 ahead of Marvin Bracy(9.93) of the USA.

From take-off, Omanyala’s body looked tight; perhaps the long travel might have caught up with him following a last-minute dash on Friday that saw him leave Nairobi at 6:00 pm EAT to arrive just in time for the championships. 

Heat three was not without drama though as Olympic champion Marcel Jacobs pulled out with an injury.

South Africa’s Akani Simbine who qualified for the semis as the fastest loser won heat one in 9.97 seconds just ahead of Trayvon Brommel(9.97) of the USA. 

Olympic silver medalist and the world’s fastest man Fred Kerley of the USA easily won Heat two of the semi-final in 10.02 to make it to the final. Defending champion Chris Coleman(10.05) came in second. 

Omanyala’s latest disappointment means that he will have to shift focus to the Commonwealth Games that begin on July 28 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. 

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