Oregon 2022: Omanyala shakes off jetlag to qualify for semis

Saturday, July 16th, 2022 06:02 | By
Ferdinand Omanyala. PHOTO/PD/Library

Africa's fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala is through to the semi final of the men’s 100m after finishing third in Heat 7 of the World Athletics championships in Eugene, Oregon.

Omanyala touched down in the USA three hours to the race and had to dig deep to sail through to Sunday’s semi-final after clocking 10.10 seconds.

Abdul Hakim Sani Brown of Japan won the heat in a season best time of 9.98 with New Zealand’s Edward Nketiah coming in second in a National Record time of 10.08. 

Omanyala was racing against time to make it to Oregon and he looked calm as he crossed the finishing line in the last heat of the day.

The USA sprinters once again dominated the headlines with Olympic silver medalist Fred Kerley clocked 9.79 sec to send the whole of the Hayward field in raptures. Defending champion Chris Coleman also sailed through to the semi-final comfortably.

Another American Marvin Bracy won Heat 1 in 10.05, Jamaica's Ackeem Blake was second in 10.15 while Nigeria's Raymond Okevwo was third in 10.17.

The semi-finals will take places on Sunday at 4am EAT.

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