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Ferdinand Omanyala impresses in big boys club as he debuts in Brussels

Kenya’s National 100m champion Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa tested the big boys’ league as he made his debut at the Brussels Diamond League meeting that was held on Friday Night (3) at the Allianz Memorial Van Damme in the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, Belgium.

Omanyala, who failed to advance to the Tokyo Olympics final, made history as the first Kenyan to reach the semis.

The 25 years-old enjoys the National Record that he set twice in 9.86 during the final race at the International Josko Lauf Meeting at Pramtal Stadium, Andorra, Austria.

Ferdinand Omanyala poses after dipping the sub 10 at theat the International Josko Lauf Meeting at Pramtal Stadium, Andorra, Austria. Photo Ferdinard Omanyala

Omanyala finished in fourth place in 10.02 seconds with the race won by American Fred Kerley who pulled 9.94 seconds. Kerley led a podium sweep with Trayvon Bromell coming in second in 9.97 and Michael Norman closing the first three podium finishes in 9.98.

Ferguson Rotich claims the crown in Brussels

Tokyo Olympic silver medallist Ferguson Rotich, continued with his superlative performance to claim the Brussels Diamond League that was held on Friday Night (3) at the Allianz Memorial Van Damme in the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, Belgium.

Rotich has been beaten twice by Marco Arop and once by Wyclife Kinyamal who silenced the stubborn Canadian took the two lap race when he crossed the line in style in 1:43.81.

The 31 year-old was Belgiums Elliot Crestan who clocked 1:45.24 and was followed by Cornelius Tuwei who closed the first three finishes in 1:54.24

Christine Mboma stuns stars in 200m race in Brussels

Namibia’s Christine Mboma was the standout performer on Friday night at the Allianz Memorial Van Damme in the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, Belgium.

The Tokyo silver medallist produced her trademark fast finish to win in 21.84, the same time as she recorded in the U20 World Championship in Nairobi two weeks ago and just three-hundredths outside her world junior record set in the Tokyo final.

Mboma, who had to step down to 200m due to World Athletics’ rules relating to naturally high testosterone levels in women, said: “It was my first Diamond League experience and to be able to win in such a strong field is great.

The 18 year-old has now gone sub-22 four times in the women’s 200m in 2021(21.97, 21.81, 21.84. 21.84).

“I’m really happy with this win because it’s my first Diamond League race,” said Mboma. “To be able to win in such a strong field is great.

“It has been a very tough and busy season with the Olympics and the world junior championships, but I’m still in good shape.”

Jamaica’s double Olympic medallist Shericka Jackson was second in 21.95 with reigning world champion Dina Asher-Smith coming home in third place in season’s best of 22.04.

World U20 silver medallist Champion Beatrice Masilingi also from Namibia finished in a distant fifth place in 22.50.

Francine Niyonsaba strikes again in 5000m race in Brussels

The 2017 World 800m silver medallist Champion, Francine Niyonsaba was on more fire as she defeated two-time Olympic silver medallist Hellen Obiri from kenya at at the Allianz Memorial Van Damme in the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, Belgium.

Niyonsaba continued her successful reinvention as a long-distance runner with a new Burundian national record of 14:25.34, almost 30 seconds inside her previous personal best, to win the 5000m.

The Rio 2016 800m silver medallist switched to longer distances after being found to have elevated testosterone levels, and she produced a devastating sprint finish to win the race and forcing Ethiopia’s Elgayehu Taye to settle in second place in 14:25.63 with two-time world champion, Obiri coming home third in a season best of 14:26.23.

“It was fantastic to run here. I enjoyed every second of it and the national record is the cherry on top. To be able to run for a crowd was funny. It really helped me,” said Niyonsaba.

“I still do not know if I like long distances more than the 800m, but I love challenges. I won’t think too much about it because it is what it is. I’m still learning and am sure that I can go a lot faster in the future.”

The 2016 and 2017 World Indoor gold medallist Champion broke three records in Paris meeting, which was a world-leading time, national record and Meet Record and made history’s sixth fastest outdoor performer.

Sifan Hassan threatens the world record in Brussels

Triple Olympic medallist, Sifan Hassan threatened the world record again in the One Mile race that was held on Friday Night at the Allianz Memorial Van Damme in the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, Belgium.

The 28-year-old who had finally admitted that her body could no longer handle a 10,000m race at the moment, could not trouble her own world record of 4:12.33 set in Monaco in July 2019.

The Dutch National had two pacemakers and Wavelight technology to assist her in breaking the record but it seemed it wasn’t her good day in office but she went on to write more history to her name as she ran the fifth fastest time in history and smashing the Meet Record with a world leading time of 4:14.74.

This is the second race that Hassan has set the meet record this year.

Hassan said afterwards, “I’m really happy with the time. After Tokyo I was so tired so I just wanted to run the short distance. My goal was to run fast here tonight and that is what I did.

“I was not thinking about the world record although I knew I was on world record pace in the beginning. But in the middle, it slowed down a bit. It does not matter.

“I am not running any long distances anymore this year. In Zurich I will run the 1500m.”

Ethiopia’s Axumawit Embaye was a distant runner-up in 4:21.08 with Australia’s Linden Hall third in an Oceanian record of 4:21.38. Spain’s Olympic finalist Maria Perez was fourth, also in a lifetime best of 4:21.58.

Hassan has had a brilliant year when she smashed Almaz Ayana’s world record from Rio 2016 by over 10 seconds in Hengelo in June, but Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey went five seconds quicker on the same track in just two days later.