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Another record from Ferdinand Omanyala

Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala continued his impressive performance as he set a new meet record in the men’s 100m at the 12th edition of the International Castiglione Athletics Meeting which is a World Athletics Continental Challenger event held on Sunday (22) at Carlo Zecchini Olympic Stadium in Italy.

The 26 year-old beat the 2019 African Games silver medallist, Arthur Cisse from Ivory Coast’s as he crossed the finish in 10:11 seconds with the latter coming home in 10.14 seconds.

Nigerian-Italian and the 2018 Mediterranean Games silver medallist in 200m Eseosa Fostine Desalu closed the podium three finishes in 10.33

Omanyala who holds the 100m world leading time was at it again at the same event as crushed his previous personal record of 20.90 with a new pb of 20.50 when he finished second behind the eventual winner Italy based Sri Lankan Yupun Abeykoon, smashing the National and South Asia Records in a blazing time of 20.37 seconds With Italy’s Ali chituru taking the third place in 20.64 seconds.

Marcell Jacobs wins his debut race in Savona

Olympic 100m champion, Lamont Marcell Jacobs made his season debut with a win at the Meeting Savona, which is a World Athletics Continental Tour Challenger-level held on Monday (19) in his home town Italy.

Jacobs ran his first 100m since winning the Olympic final last August in Tokyo. It was also his first outdoor appearance this year after prevailing in the 60m dash at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in March in Belgrade.

The 27-year-old took the win in 9.99 seconds with a slight tailwind of 2.2m/s to set the fastest time in the 100m preliminary round. In the 100m final, he managed to recover from a slow start to win the race comfortably in 10.04 seconds (w+0.3m/s).

“I struggled a bit, I thought I could run better than in the heats. I lack sharpness, I thought that this week without training could help my conditioning, but I need to work more,” said Jacobs

Ivory Coast Arthur Cisse’ who produced a blazing start, was forced ro settle in second place with a season’s best time of 10.10 seconds, with Jimmy Vicat from France closing the podium three finishes in a time of 10.12 seconds.

Italian based Sri Lankan Yupun Mudiyanselage and Chituri Ali from Italy came home in fourth and fifth place in a time of 10.16 seconds and 10.18 (pb) seconds respectively

Ferdinard Omanyala: I am coming for you, Marcell Jacobs and Christian Coleman

Africa’s fastest man in 100m Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala is rearing to dethrone the two best runners in the world as he plans a show of a life time at the 18th edition of the World Athletics Indoor Championships that will be held from Friday 18 March to Sunday 20 March, 2022, at the Serbian capital’s Stark Arena in Belgrade.

The 26 year-old will face off the Olympic 100m champion Marcell Jacobs and the defending champion and world indoor 60m record-holder, Christian Coleman from the United States.

Omanyala set his first ever National Record in the 60m at the Miramas meeting four weeks ago in France where he finished in fourth place in 6:68 and two weeks later he was at it again breaking 0.03 seconds from his previous record of 6.63 to a new record of 6:60 seconds.

The Kenyan Indoor National Record holder in 60m went for the record for the third yesterday as he lowered it again when he crossed the line in a new personal best of 6.57 while finishing in fourth place with Jacobs taking the honors.

Omanyala smashed the Stadium Record at the third Athletics Kenya Track and Field Meeting event that was held at Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday (5) in Nairobi with a World Leading time of 10.00 seconds.

Speaking exclusively to Athletics News, Omanyala was full of energy and ready to face the Jacobs and Coleman. “My body is great shape right now and my plan is to show the two my worth at this world stage, I have studied their races and learned on how to counter them and beat them at their own game, said Omanyala.

“I had problem with my pick up from the block which was slow but the outing and performance in France has given me enough confidence. My coach (Ducan Ayiemba) has taken me through pick sessions and with his great input and technical knowhow, I think am ready for the World stage not just for appearance but to introduce Kenya sprinting dominance to the world,” Omanyala added.

The soft spoken but tough in training coach said, “I have done what is supposed to be done from my end and I have full confidence in his capacity that he will perform well”.

Omanyala will battle the Italian who is determined to become the first reigning Olympic 100m champion to claim the world indoor 60m race.

Jacobs, who is the Italian 60m record holder, came to the International scene at the 2021 European Indoor Championships where he took the honors in a blistering time of 6:47. He suffered his first false start disqualification of his career in the Belgrade Indoor Meeting early March this year but the member of the Tokyo gold medal-winning 4 × 100 m relay, has won nine out of nine 60m races that he has started this season.

Coleman the double medallist at the World Athletics Championships in 2017, also winning silver medals in both the 100 m and 4 × 100-meter relay in the same year, will targeting to become the second man to win the title back-to-back after Bruny Surin from Canada who won it in1993 in Toronto and in Barcelona in 1995.

Africa game 100m champion Arthur Cisse, will also be on the start line after equaling his Ivorian record of 6.53 in Metz last month.

Marcell Jacobs the star to watch at Orlen Cup Lodz

Olympic 100m Champion, Marcell Jacobs will be the star to watch at the Orlen Cup Lodz which is a World Athletics indoor tour silver level, that will be held on Friday 911) in Lodz, Poland.

Jacobs is fresh from winning the Istaf Indoor 60m race in Berlin, where he beat defending champion Arthur Cisse from the Ivory Coast’ in a European lead of 6:51 with Cisse coming home in second place in 6.60.

The 27 year-old will face with American and multiple medalist of the world championships Michael Rodgers.

Rodgers comes to this race with a personal best of 6.48 seconds that he got at the Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 2011.

Jacobs switched from long jump in 2018 and he took sometimes off to rest for the remainder of 2021 after his surprise double success in Tokyo

Ferdinand Omanyala Beaten at Mondeville Indoor

Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala never lived to his expectations as he was beaten in the 60m race at the Mondeville Indoor a World Athletics Indoor Tour Bronze level meeting that was held on Wednesday (9) in Mondeville, France.

Double All-American 2019 Indoor 60m champion, Cravont Charleston, who came with the third fastest time on paper to this race carried the day with a blistering time of 6.54 seconds beating the Arthur Cissé from Ivory Coast who was the fastest entrant to this race. Cisse was forced to settle in second place in a time of 6:57 with United States Devin Quinn who had tied up with Charleston closing the first three podium finishes in 6.65 seconds.

Omanyala set the National Record in the 60m at the Miramas meeting last Friday in France finished in fourth place in 6:68.

Adam Thomas from Britain who was the fourth fastest on paper and Kayham Ozer from Turkey finished in fourth and fifth place respectively.


  1. Cravont Charleston    (UAS) 6.54
  2. Arthur Cissé                 (CIV)  6.57
  3. Devin Quinn                 (USA) 6.65
  4. Ferdinand Omanyala  (KEN) 6.68
  5. Adam Thomas               (USA) 6.69

Marcell Jacobs wins first event since Olympic golds at ISTAF Indoor

Olympic 100m Champion, Marcell Jacobs took the top honors in 60m race that was held on Friday (4) evening at the ISTAF INDOOR in Berlin.

The 27 year-old beat the defending champion Arthur Cisse from the Ivory Coast’ when he cut the tape in a European lead of 6:51 with Cisse coming home in second place in 6.60. France’s Jimmy Vicaut closed the first three podium finishes in 6.61.

Jacobs switched from long jump in 2018 and he decided to rest for the remainder of 2021 after his surprise double success in Tokyo

ASABA 2018: South Africa’s Simbine wins his First Africa Title

Commonwealth Games champion South Africa’s Akani Simbine came through to win the men’s Africa Senior Athletics Championships 100m title in Asaba, Nigeria on Thursday afternoon.

Simbine who settled for bronze during the continental championships hosted in his home country of South Africa in Durban in 2016 improved his performance to win gold with a time of 10.25s (-2.1) to secure his first ever African title.

All Africa Games champion Ivory Coast’s Arthur Cisse held on to settle for the silver medal in 10.33 to deny South Africa for a 1-2 finish as South African Simon Magakwe completed the last podium finish for bronze.