Ferdinand Omanyala brought the roof down at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani with a stunning world lead of 9.85 seconds to win the men’s 100m in the Kip Keino Classic.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, ODM leader Raila Odinga, Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed were among the dignitaries who were on their feet at Kasarani as Omanyala scorched a strong field to win in 9.85 seconds.
United States’ Olympic 100m silver medallist Fred Kerley was second in 9.92. Olympic champion Marcel Jacobs did not start the race as he is battling stomach illness.
Omanyala had to hold his nerves after a false start owing to a faulty starting gun to win, beating Kerley, who finished second in season’s best 9.92 seconds as Young came third also in a season’s best 10.13.
It was a sweet win for Omanyala, who had settled second during last year’s Kip Keino Classic where he finished second in an African record time of 9.77 seconds.
American Tryvon Bromell won in 9.76, making him and Omanyala the seventh and eighth fastest men in the history of 100m.
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