Ferdinand Omanyala who is the African champion and fastest man in Africa had great hopes of making it to the word athletic championship finals and possibly win a medal but that remained a dream that did not come to pass. The championships is currently ongoing in Oregon, USA. His brave world championship journey ended in the semi finals on Sunday morning after he failed to be among the best three.
In the semis, he clocked 10.14secs to finish fifth in heat three. This was a slower time than the heats on Saturday morning when he clocked 10.10secs to finish third in Heat seven. His semi-final heat was won by Jamaican Oblique Seville who dropped another sub-10 timing, clocking 9.90secs ahead of Mervin Brecy of USA who clocked 9.93secs.
Olympic champion Marcel Jacobs did not participate in the Heat with injury issues. He pulled out in the last minute. Omanyala seemed tired and we did not see his energy towards the last minute as we have seen him in the other races he has run below ten seconds.
The finals was finally won by Fred Kerley of USA who clocked 9.86. USA won all the three medals here. Marvin Bracy finished second with 9.88 to win silver while Trayvon Bromell finished third in 9.88 to win the bronze.
The only African in the final was Akani Simbine of South Africa who finished fifth in 10.01.
Kenyans have shown sad reactions from this Omanyala's race. Majority are blaming the nation and athletic Kenya officials for delaying him to the tournament as that is why he did not have enough time for rest, relaxation from fatigue and practice. However, a section have wished him all the best in the coming Commonwealth games taking place in Birmingham.
Below are some reactions from Kenyans.
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