• Tuesday, 21 May 2024
Ferdinand Omanyala bows out in semis as Kerley wins 100m title

Ferdinand Omanyala bows out in semis as Kerley wins 100m title

Ferdinand Omanyala failed to make it to the final of the 100m after finishing fifth in the semifinal on Sunday morning in the ongoing World  Athletics Championships in Oregon.

The Africa 100m champion clocked a sluggish 10.14, missing out on the two automatic slots for the final.

Oblique Sevilla of Jamaica won the heat in 9:90 with USA's with Marvin Bracy coming home second in 9.93.

Aaron Brown of Canada finished third in 10.06. Omanyala had a gruelling 22-hour flight to Oregon after visa issues complicated his preparations and he arrived barely two hours before the start of the heats on Friday.

In the final Fred Kerley led an American clean sweep of the medals by clocking 9.86 to win gold  as Marvin Bracy took silver in 9.88.

Trayvon Bromwell took bronze in a similar time. South Africa's Akani Simbine who finished second to Omanyala at the Africa championship in Mauritius finished fifth in 10.01. Defending champion Christian Coleman posted a similar time to finish sixth.

Two-time Olympic 1,500m champion Faith Kipyegon romped into the final after clocking 4:03.98 in semi-finals. Ethiopia's Hirut Meshesha came second in 4:04 .05 as Johnson Sinclair of USA and Australia' Gerogia Griffith qualified for Tuesday final after finishing third and fourth respectively in 4:04.51 and 4:05.15.

Kipyegon will be joined by Africa champion Winnie Chebet who qualified as one of the fastest losers after finishing sixth in her heat in 4:03.28.

In the men's category, world  champion Timothy Cheruiyot, Africa champion, Abel Kipsang and Kumari Taki progressed to the semifinals.

Cheruiyot finished fourth in his heat in 3:36.41 with the first six qualifying for the semis. Kipsang finished third in heat 3, where he posted 3:39.21 while Taki qualified by virtue of being one one of the fastest losers in 3:36.47 to finish ninth in Heat two. Charles Simotwo missed out by finishing 10th in 3:37.66. 

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