Ferdinand Omanyala becomes 1st Kenyan to qualify for semis in men’s 100m – Tuko.co.ke

  • Omanyala put his best foot forward to emerge third in Heat 5
  • He qualifies for the semi finals of the men’s 100M, becoming the first Kenyan to ever do so
  • The 24-year old previously set a national record of 10,01 s for Kenya in the 100 meters by winning a meeting at Yabatech Sport Complex, Lagos on 30 March 2021

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Kenya’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala qualified for the 100m semi finals in the Tokyo Olympics after finishing third in Heat 5.

Omanyala for Team Kenya.
Ferdinand Omanyala Becomes 1st Kenyan Ever to Qualify for Semis in Olympics’s men’s 100m. Photo by Matthias Hangst
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Omanyala kept Kenya’s hopes for a maiden medal in the 100m alive thanks to his heroics which saw him come behind Canada’s De Grasse and USA’s Fred Kerley.

The Kenyan clocked 10.01, which equaled his personal best as he finished in third place in heat one.

Omanyala, who is the lone ranger for team Kenya in the 100m, will now compete in the semis in the hopes of becoming the first Kenyan to make it through to the final in the 100m.

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Overall, the Kenyan’s time placed him fifth among all runners on the day, which was quite impressive.

It is also kind to note that his heat comprised of some of the fastest 100m sprinters in this edition of the Tokyo Olympics.

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Source: Tuko

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