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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.

Ferdinand Omanyala sets a New National Record

Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala set a new National Record on his debut in the 60m at World Indoor Tour Miramas Meeting which is a World Athletics Indoor Tour Bronze Level series that was held on Friday in Miramas, France

The 100m National Record holder broke the national record of 6:70 that was set in 2005 by Paulvince Obuon at State College, UNited States.

The 26 year-old ran his first ever indoor race winning the semi-final in 6.65 seconds before clinching the crown in 6.63.

This time is also the fastest time run at this stadium having dethroned the previous record of 6.68 that was set in 2021 by Hassan Taftian from Iranian.

Africa’s 60m record of 6:45 is held by Leonard Myles-Mills from Ghana while Christian Coleman from the United States of holds the world record of 6.34.

Christian Coleman beats Trayvon Bromell at the Millrose Games

World indoor champion and record holder Christian Coleman came back with a bang as he beat the 2021 world fastest runner Trayvon Bromell at the 14th edition of the Millrose Games that were held on Friday (4) in Millrose, New York City.

Coleman came back after his 18-month ban for missing three drugs tests and as the eagerly anticipated he ran away with then title in a time of 6.49  ahead of US Olympic Trials champion Trayvon Bromell who pulled 6.50 to finish in second place as Ronnie Baker closed the first three podium finishes in 6.54.

World 200m champion Noah Lyles finished in fourth place in 6.62.

Christian Coleman returns from Suspension with a win at Millrose Games

World 100m champion Christian Coleman took the top honors on his first short-sprint appearance at the 114th edition of the Millrose Games that were held on Saturday in the snowy-covered city of New York.

Coleman came back after his 18-month ban for missing three drugs tests and he faced off with the World 200m champion Noah Lyles and Trayvon Bromell, the fastest man over 100m in 2021.

The 25 year-old Coleman cut the tape in 6.49 seconds with Bromell crossing the line in second place in 6.50.

Ronnie Baker closed the first three podium finishes in 6.54 with Lyles coming home fourth in 6.62.

“I felt good in my preparation,” Coleman said. “I was ready to roll.”

The indoor world record holder, was initially banned for two years for his whereabouts failure before his punishment was reduced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, has not run a competitive 100m since his world championship win in Qatar more than two years ago.

Seb Coe: Track and field dopers are “architects of their own downfall”

Seb Coe says British sprinter CJ Ujah’s ongoing doping case is a painful reminder that athletics is committed to cleaning up its act.

Ujah is provisionally suspended having tested positive for a banned substance after helping Team GB win an Olympic sprint relay silver medal in Tokyo.

The case is with the Anti-Doping Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport and as the year ends the 27-year old has yet to learn his fate.

Ujah insists he is “not a cheat” and has “never and would never knowingly take a banned substance”.

Lord Coe, a former chairman of the British Olympic Association, said that “of course” he would be disappointed were the case against the Londoner to be proven.

It would mean not only him, but team mates Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, losing their medals and Team GB giving up the notable achievement of matching their 65-medal haul of London 2012.

But Coe, boss of World Athletics, added that from a broader perspective the case provided further evidence of track and field’s increased determination to protect its competitive integrity.

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe ( Image: PA)

“Take Great Britain out of this,” said Coe. “I would share the disappointment in any federation and in any athlete that falls fouls.

“I am sorry to say this, and I am not going to be romantic or emotional about it, they are the architects of their own downfall here. The rules are very clear. It is not arcane maritime law.

“We spend hundreds of thousands of pounds a year through the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), for its education programme, making sure athletes and federations understand what the roles, the rules, the obligations are.

“Take Great Britain out of this,” said Coe. “I would share the disappointment in any federation and in any athlete that falls fouls.

“I am sorry to say this, and I am not going to be romantic or emotional about it, they are the architects of their own downfall here. The rules are very clear. It is not arcane maritime law.

“We spend hundreds of thousands of pounds a year through the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), for its education programme, making sure athletes and federations understand what the roles, the rules, the obligations are.

“So, yes, I am disappointed in so far as every positive is not a good story. But in a way it does show that we are at least tackling this issue now and we are a federation who are not doing junk tests.

“We are not sitting there saying we have hundreds of thousands of meaningless tests. We are doing it in a very systemic and effective way. We will continue to that.”

World champions Christian Coleman and Salwa Eid Naser both missed Tokyo due to bans, as did 2016 Olympic hurdles champion Brianna Rollins-McNeal.

Ahead of the delayed Games, Coe even warned: “There is a greater chance of (cheats) being caught than probably any previous Games.”

Last night he added: “I want athletes to recognise that it really doesn’t matter where they reside, what systems they are in, whether they come from small, medium-sized, large, powerful federations.

“The philosophy is pretty simple, everybody will be treated exactly the same way. I think it is demonstrating that.”

World 100m champion set for return after serving 18-month ban

World 100m champion Christian Coleman, is set to return to running after serving his 18-month ban for breaching anti-doping whereabouts rules.

The 25 year-old plans to race for the first time in nearly two years at New York’s Millrose Games next month which will start on 29 January and it will be his first since February 2020 after the pandemic and the anti-doping suspension curtailed him.

“I think it will be emotional to get out there and finally display my talents again,” the indoor 60m world record holder said by telephone from Lexington, Kentucky, where he trains.

Colemen had been given a two-year suspension by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) before it was reduced to 18 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Justin Gatlin pulls out of Athletics World Cup

British Athletics will be spared the embarrassment of Justin Gatlin racing at its inaugural Athletics World Cup in London next month – but the event has been hit by further indifference from athletes in the US.

Sportsmail revealed in May that the new meet at the London Stadium on July 14-15 was suffering a headache with major doubts over the participation of bigger name athletes, including US sprinter Christian Coleman.

That situation has now been heightened with almost half of the USA’s eligible gold medallists from non-relay events at the 2016 Olympics and 2017 world championships ruling themselves out of selection by skipping their national outdoors championships, which start on Thursday in Iowa.

The list of absentees includes Torie Bowie, the 100m world champion, and 2017 100m world gold medallist Gatlin, as well as Allyson Felix, LaShawn Merritt, Brianna Rollins-McNeal, Kerron Clement, Dalilah Muhammad, Brittney Reese and Tianna Bartoletta, who are all either reigning world or Olympic champions.

A spokesperson for USA Track and Field confirmed to Sportsmail that their absence from the national championships would prevent them from being selected. Coleman, the fastest man in the world last year, is also confirmed as absent.

In the cases of Merritt, Gatlin and Rollins-McNeal, who have each previously served drugs bans, it avoids any awkwardness for the British Athletics, which launched the World Cup but has no hand in the selections of the other seven nations taking part.

They have previously snubbed Gatlin for invitations to their events on the grounds of not wanting athletes who ‘bring the sport into disrepute’.


Gatlin, Coleman to miss U.S. championships, World Cup

World sprint champions Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman will miss next week’s U.S. championships and as a result will not be eligible for track and field’s new premier event, the Athletics World Cup in London in July, officials tell Reuters.

The decisions, especially rising star Coleman’s, come at a time the World Cup, an eight-nation showdown, is seeking to bring new energy to the sport in a year when there is no world outdoor championship and Usain Bolt is no longer competing.

Managers for 100 meters winner Gatlin and Coleman, the world indoor 60m champion and record holder, both told Reuters their clients would not run in the American meeting, scheduled Thursday through Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa.

That makes them and any other athlete who misses the championships ineligible for the U.S. World Cup team, according to Duffy Mahoney, USA Track & Field’s chief of sport performance.

“It is quite simple,” Mahoney said in an email to Reuters. “The highest placing finisher in each event at the 2018 USATF Senior Championships – who elects to compete – will select themselves for a position on the U.S. Team.”

Gatlin’s manager, Renaldo Nehemiah, said “there was no real incentive” for the 36-year-old sprinter to run in Iowa since there would be no world championship and not having extra races would cut down on the sprinter’s wear and tear going into the 2019 world championships and 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Coleman manager Emanuel Hudson, in a text message, said, “Coleman is not at nationals.”

The world 100m silver medalist has been injured but is expected to return for the June 30 Paris Diamond League meeting.

Olympic 400m hurdles gold medalist Dalilah Muhammad also will not be at the championships, Hudson wrote.

“So according to what you sent (Mahoney’s statement), they wouldn’t be eligible for World Cup,” he added.


Despite their absence and perhaps others, “USATF looks forward to having the world’s best national track & field championship next week in Des Moines, and to fielding the top team for the World Cup,” spokesperson Jill Geer said.

The World Cup, scheduled for July 14-15, will bring together teams from the United States, Jamaica, China, France, Germany, Britain, South Africa and Poland.

Track events from 100 through 1,500 meters, plus hurdles races and 4×100 and 4×400 meter relays, will be contested along with eight field events.

Each nation will have one competitor per event.

Without Gatlin or Coleman, the World Cup likely will look to Britain’s Zharnel Hughes, the year’s fastest at 100m, or emerging talent from the U.S. and Jamaican championships for its new sprint king.

World indoor bronze medalist Ronnie Baker and new 200m sensation Noah Lyles are set for a 100m showdown at the American meeting with Michael Norman, the year’s top 400 meters runner, contesting the 200.

Teenager Sydney McLaughlin will be launching her professional career in the 400 meters hurdles, where she is 2018’s fastest.


Powell left out of Jamaica Commonwealth Games

Former 100 meters world record holder Asafa Powell was left out of the Jamaica team for next month’s Commonwealth Games because he was injured, the head of the country’s athletics association said on Friday.

Powell, who won 100m gold at the last Commonwealth Games to be held in Australia in 2006, had expressed a desire to race on the Gold Coast despite heading towards retirement at the age of 35.

The Olympic sprint relay champion was not among the 30 men named earlier this month to take part in the track and field at the April 4-15 Games, however, and the island nation’s top athletics official said the reason was straightforward.

“We had a credible report that Powell had sustained an injury and therefore could not be selected,” Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association President Dr. Warren Blake told Reuters.

Jamaicans have won the men’s 100m at the last four Commonwealth Games as the nation enjoyed a golden age in men’s sprinting spearheaded by the now retired Usain Bolt.

With 2014 Glasgow champion Kemar Bailey-Cole also failing to make the team for the Gold Coast, 2011 world champion Yohan Blake will be a strong favorite to continue that run.

Blake, Bolt’s former training partner and the third fastest sprinter of all time, is already in Australia with team mate Julian Forte, who ran the third fastest 100m in the world last year behind American Christian Coleman and Blake.

source: ca.reuters.com