“I will defeat Usain Bolt in 100m Dash“ - Kenya's Ferdinand Omanyala 

Ferdinand Omanyala Sets A New African 100m Record

Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala set a new African Men’s 100m record in 9.77 at Absa Kip Keino Classic Continental Tour in Nairobi, Kenya. The African 100m record was held by South Africa’s Olympian and National Record holder Akani Simbine with a time of 9.84. Akani’s record was set on 6 July 2021 at Gyulai Istvan Memorial in Szekesfehervar, Hungary. Ferdinand Omanyala sets a new African 100m record.

Omanyala has been in fine form since Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. His time also makes him the 2nd fastest man in 2021. He also broke the Kenyan National record in the men’s 100m dash and he is now the 8th fastest athlete to run the 100m in 9.76 of all time. He has broken the Kenyan 100m Record twice in less than 2 months after Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

From Tokyo Olympics to Diamond League, Omanyala has had a phenomenal season so far and has wrapped his season up on a high note against the likes of two-time world champion Justin Gatlin.

The United States’ Olympian and the two-time world champion Justin Gatlin was a pre-race fovourite but Kenya’s Omanyala stole the show with his African Record while America’s Trayvon Bromell finished first in 9.75 in a world lead time. Bromell’s time in 9.76 makes him the fastest man in 2021. Kenya’s Omanyala placed second in 9.76 while Justin Gatlin from the United States finished third in 10.02

After the competitions, most of the athletes are demanding more competitions to be held in Africa in 2022.

Below is the official result

POS NAME TIME COUNTRY
1 TRAVON BROMELL 9.75 WL,PB,SB UNITED STATES
2 FERDINAND OMANYALA 9.77  AR,NR,PB,SB KENYA
3 JUSTIN GATLIN 10.02 UNITED STATES
4 MOUHAMADOU FALL 10.03 FRANCE
5 TYREE KING 10.11 UNITED STATES
6 MIKE RODGERS 10.20 UNITED STATES
7 AMAURY GOTLIN 10.26 FRANCE
8 JAKPA JEREMIAH OGHENERUEMU 10.35 NIGERIA

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Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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