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Ferdinand Omanyala to battle Olympic 100m champion in Lievin

Kenya Indoor Record holder, Ferdinand Omanyala will battle Olympic 100m champion, Marcell Jacobs at the at the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais that will be held on Thursday (17) in Lievin, France.

The 26 years-old clocked 6.60 seconds to win the men’s 60m dash at the Metz Monselle meeting in France last week.

It was the second time Omanyala was breaking the record in a span of seven days.

The Africa’s fastest man broke the National Record for the first time at Meeting Elite de Miramas Indoor when won in the fastest time of 6.63 seconds breaking the 17-year-old national record of 6.70 second that had been set by Paulvince Obuon.

“I am taking each race as a lesson and trying to do my best at every event, So far so good. I have a lot that rectify as I prepare for the bigger events ahead of me, World Championships and Indoor games,” said Omanyala

Jacobs is the defending champion and he heads to Lievin after two victories this year one in Berlin where he pulled6.51 seconds and the other in Lodz where he won in a time of 6.49.

Another title contender is the United States World indoor bronze medallist, Ronnie Baker who comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 6.40 which he got at in Birmingham in 2018.

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.

Shock as USA miss out on Men’s 4x100m Relay Final

The USA team arrived in Tokyo with three of the fastest 100-meter sprinters in the world this year, making it the heavy favorite to win the men’s 4×100 relay.

Team USA trotted out four of its fastest sprinters – Trayvon Bromell, Fred Kerley, Ronnie Baker and Cravon Gillespie – in the preliminary round of 4×100 competitions, finishing sixth in their heat.

The American unit was stripped of their silver medals after London 2012 due to Tyson Gay’s doping ban.

The U.S. finished behind China, Canada, Italy, Germany and Ghana in its heat, with a time of 38.10 with top three teams automatically qualified for the final, with the next two fastest advancing on time.

The American team was stripped of their silver medals after London 2012 due to Tyson Gay’s doping ban.

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.