Kip Keino Classic: Ferdinand Omanyala lights up Kasarani

Kip Keino Classic: Ferdinand Omanyala lights up Kasarani

Ferdinand Omanyala wins the Kip Keino Classic men's 100m at the Kasarani Stadium on Saturday, May 7 2022. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

  • The men's 100m had suffered from the star exit of Olympic champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs who withdrew from the line-up at the last minute because of intestinal problems.

  • That meant there would no Olympic rematch between him and Fred Kerley, the American whom he denied gold in Tokyo last summer.
  • Omanyala provided the defining moment with a scorching performance in Kasarani.

Home hero Ferdinand posted the fastest men's 100m in the world this year with a time of 9.85 seconds as he delivered a showstopping end to this year's Kip Keino Classic on Saturday evening.

The men's 100m had suffered from the star exit of Olympic champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs who withdrew from the line-up at the last minute because of intestinal problems.

That left meant there would no Olympic rematch between him and Fred Kerley, the American whom he denied gold in Tokyo last summer but Omanyala provided the defining moment with a scorching performance in Kasarani.

Omanyala, who ran 9.77 seconds here last year when he finished second behind Trayvon Bromell, found a great start off the blocks and never ceded his advantage in what turned into a duel with Kerley.

The top four men all ran season bests with Kerley finishing second in 9.92 while Isaiah Young (10.13) and Hendricho Bruintjies (10.13) were third and fourth respectively. 

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