Africa’s finest and fastest athlete Ferdinand Omanyala is targeting his maiden 100m gold with an aim of breaking the championship record.
The national 100m champion will be battling for gold against Commonwealth games 100m champion Akan Sumbine in the second day of Africa Senior Athletics championships in Reduit, Mauritius.
A show down looms between him and the second fastest man on the continent Simbine whom he has met three times and beaten him in all events they have participated in.
Speaking exclusively on phone with athletics.co.ke, the 26 years-old is focused to top the podium with the first 100m gold medal for Kenya and run a sub ten with mind set on the championships record which now stands at 9.94.
“My is body reacting well, No fatigue heading to the finals and am chasing to lower the Championship record and win my country the first 100m gold medal,” said Omanyala.
Omanyala currently holds the world leading time of 9.85 that he set last month when winning the Kip Keino Classic, second fastest time of 10.07 after running his first race in 10.05 seconds to sail to today’s finals.
Simbine from South Africa was the second fastest with a time of 10.09 after taking the honors in heat three.
Nigeria’s Emmanuel Esseme Alobwede won the heat two with a time of 10.19 seconds and was followed by Henricho Bruintjie from South Africa in 10.21 seconds.
Eight athletes have qualified for the finals which will be held tomorrow at 16.10.
100M MEN’S FINALS
- Ferdinand Omanyala (KEN) 10.07
- Akani Simbine (RSA) 10.09
- Emmanuel Matadi (LBR) 10.13
- Gilbert Hainuca (NAM) 10.15
- Alobwede Emanuel (CMR) 10.19
- Raymond Ekevwo (NGR) 10.15
- Henricho Bruintjies (RSA) 10.21
- Noa Bibi (MRI) 10.24