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Ferdinand Omanyala: I will beat Marcell Jacobs at KipKeino Classic

Africa’s fastest man in 100m Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala has sent a strong warning to Olympic 100m champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs who has been confirmed to be racing at the 3rd edition of the Absa Kip Keino Classic Continental Tour that will be held on Saturday (7) at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani, in Nairobi.

The Saturday battle will bring out the best of Omanyala after last week’s explosive performance where he set two National Records in 100m and 200m at the same ground that the KipKeino classic will be held.

The race will be an electrifying one when Omanyala, the continental 100m record holder will take on World 60m Indoor champion.

The 26 year old will run against the European 100m Champion, who is also the Italian National Record holder in both 100m and 60m race.

While speaking to Athletics News, Omanyala said “It is great that he is here. It will be a good competition. I know I will run that race without him in mind. I know I will beat him.”

Omanyala who lacked respect by ‘arresting’ reigning commonwealth games 100m champion Akani Simbine, silencing home fans last month at the ASA Athletics Grand Prix series where he clocked 9.98 seconds which was his first sub 10 as he beat Simbine pretty easily with the latter coming home in second in 10:11.

Omanyala last month ran a World Leading time of 10.00 seconds, which is the third fastest time ran on home soil after breaking the African record with a time of 9.77 seconds behind American Trayvon Bromell at the 2021 World Athletics Continental Tour that was held at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.

Lamont has proven to be a pain to his opponents this year after beating them at the four event that he has met with them proving that it wasn’t a fluke winning the Olympic title.

The 27 year-old is the first 100m Olympic champion since 19996 to win gold without a recent top 200m mark.

Other title contenders at the Classic includes Tokyo Olympic silver medallist, Fred Kerley, the 2020 World 100m champion, Mike Rogers and World 4×200 m relay team silver medallist, Isiah Young.

Youngster Sinesipho Dambile who caused a major upset at the South African championships by beating both Clarence Munyai and Luxolo Adams to clinch the men’s 200m title in Cape Town, has also been included with the first Italian in history to break the 10 seconds barrier, Tortu Filipo closing the nine lane race.

I will be chasing time not Akani Simbine, says Omanyala

Africa’s finest sprinters Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala and Akani Simbine will be facing off at the next week at the 4th edition of the ASA Athletics Grand Prix series, the Continental Tour Challenger.

The Wednesday (13) challenge is set to be an electrifying race when Omanyala, the continental 100m record holder take on Commonwealth Games 100m champion simbine, whose record was lowered by Omanyala.

Omanyala, who holds both the Kenyan National Record and Africa Record, will run against the South African National 100m Record holder Simbine.

While speaking to Athletics News from South Africa, Omanyala said “It will be a good challenge. It will be a good competition. I know I will win but going into that race am chasing the sub 10. My mind will not be focused on him.”

On Wednesday, Omanyala clocked 10.11 seconds to beat the sensational and the current South African record holder in the 200m, Clarence Munyai, who showed another turn of speed to cross the line in second.

Omanyala’s continental mark of 9.77 won’t be under threat at this stage of the season, but the two African stars could be competing for global medals later in the year.

The 2018 African Champions will be using the series as part of training for the South African championships that will be held from April 21-23.

“It’s a championship year. It’s for us to go out there and be ready for the championships. We have African champs coming up in June, we have world champs in July and Commonwealth Games in August, and those are three big competitions for me. That’s where we want to be racing at our best, and that’s my goal for the year,” said Simbine.

Ferdinand Omanyala grabs another honor in South Africa

Africa’s fastest man in 100m Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala lit fireworks at the third edition of the ASA Athletics Grand Prix series which is also the Continental Tour Challenger that was held on Wednesday (6) at the NWU McArthur Athletics Stadium in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

The 26 year-old clocked 10.11 seconds with the sensational and the current South African record holder in the 200m, Clarence Munyai, showed another turn of speed to cross the line in second place in a time of 10.20.

Emile Erasmus closed the first three podium finishes in 10.29.


100M MEN

  1. Ferdinand Omanyala    (KEN) 10.11
  2. Clarence Munyai           (SA)   10.20
  3. Emile Erasmus               (SA) 10.29

Akani Simbine ‘devastated’ to lose World Relay gold

South Africa’s Akani Simbine is “devastated” at the prospect of losing the 4x100m gold medal he helped win at the World Athletics Relays after his team-mate Thando Dlodlo was banned for doping.

Dlodlo, who ran the first leg of the final at the event in Poland last May, tested positive for testosterone at the South African championships in Pretoria a few weeks before the team’s success in Chorzow.

The 23-year-old has been suspended for a two and a half years by the South Africa Doping Institute for Drug-Free Sport (Saids).

A spokesperson for Simbine, who finished fourth in the 100m at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, said he would not give any further comment at this time.

Tlotliso Gift Leotlela and Clarence Munyai are the other two athletes set to be stripped of their gold medals. It means Italy would be promoted to become men’s 4x100m World Athletics Relays gold medallists, with Japan set to get silver medals and Denmark moving up to bronze.

World Athletics has yet to comment on Dlodo’s case and disqualify the South African team. Dlodlo’s ban, which runs until 28 December 2023, was reduced from four years after he admitted the offence.

The sprinter missed out on competing at the Olympics last year after being informed of his positive test on 29 June and being provisionally suspended.

The sanctions will not affect South Africa’s continental record for the 4x100m relay that the team, which included Dlodlo, set at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Qatar.