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Ferdinand Omanyala breaks a 60-year record in Birmingham

The Kenyan sprinter clocked 10.02 seconds to break a record at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Britain


The Kenyan 100-meter heats man needed 10.02 seconds to bag yet the gold medal. The reigning champion Akani Simbine of South Africa came second while Sri Lankan Yupun Abeykoon took the bronze medal.

Omanyala who eased through the semis with a fine display earlier was high-flying as he won the final without much difficulty.

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By winning the gold medal, Omanyala became the first Kenyan since 1962, to win 100 meters gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. The late Seraphino Antao won Kenya its maiden gold sprint medals when he snatched away victories in both the 100m and 200m yards respectively at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games.

Ferdinand Omanyala was optimistic earlier in the day after qualifying for the semis at the Birmingham games.

“Behold, two sub-10 seconds, and the gold meal is coming home!”

This was his message to his fellow countrymen as he eyed the top prize. Despite the stiff challenge that he was anticipating from his South African counterpart, Omanyala was still confident of beating Simbine to the gold medal.

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