Kenya’s Omanyala Beats Justin Gatlin, Sets African Record


Kenya’s Omanyala Beats Justin Gatlin, Sets African Record

By Our Reporter

Kenyan sprint sensation, Ferdinand Omanyala re-wrote history by lowering his 100m National Record by 9.77 at the second edition of Kip Keino Classic at Kasarani Stadium on Saturday.

The performance wiped out the disappointment of finishing second to American Trayvon Brommel, who won the World Athletics Continental Tour event in 9.76 seconds

The cut-throat dash, cheered on by President Uhuru Kenyatta, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed among other government dignitaries had Kenyans on the edge of their seats as Omanyala once again proved he was a genuine rising star in the race dominated by Americans and Jamaicans.

Omanyala, who made the semifinals of the event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics had stated he wanted to beat US great Justin Gatlin. In the end it came down to himself and Brommel as Gatlin finished a distant third in 10.03.

The effort saw Omanyala set a new African Record in the adrenaline filled contest.

“I have conquered Africa, next I’m going for the World record, I promised my fans a good show and I’m happy I delivered.” he said.

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