Omanyala sets world lead as Mwangi, Cherop shine in Nyayo

Reigning Commonwealth Games 100m champion Ferdinand Omanyala won 100m race at the second leg of Athletics Kenya with a world lead at Nyayo stadium.

The Africa 100m record holder won in his heat at 9.86 seconds

Africa 100m champion Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala is optimitic that he will win this year’s World Athletics Championships that will be staged in Budapest, Hungary later in the year.

Speaking at the Nyayo stadium during the Athletics kenya track and field leg after winning his heat, the reigning Commonwealth Games 100m champion said that this year, there is no body who can beat him but he is racing against time.

“The level of fitness I have so far, it is so good that nobody can beat me. This time, it is me against time. I want to run all the way to the top and continue to lower my time,” said Omanyala.

With Diamond League set ti kock off in May, the Africa 100m record holder ran the fastest time at the 100m heat to qualify into the semifinals set for tomorrow, he said that he wants to win jack pot.

“The level of fitness I am experiencinh now is so good and I want to win the Diamond league trophy because I am improving day by day after starting my season with indoor leagues, winning many events,” added Omanyala.

As Omanayala shone in men, the national 100m and 200m record holder Maximilla Imali was in top of her form after running the fastest race in the heats.

In her heat 5, Imali managed to run 11.31 ahead of Ugandan Jacent Nyamahunge in 11.59 and Doreen Waka was third in 11.89.

Nancy Cherop won the women’s 3,000m title in the under 18 to book for East Africa under 20/18 slot set for Dar Es Salam next month in Tanzania.

Thew form four student at the Chelebei secondary school in Moutn Elgon won the race 9:05.67 to make the cut into team Kenya.

“It has been good for me to win this race as I make the debut into the team. I want to try my best and bring a medal form Tanzania ahead of Africa under 18 title later in the year,” said Cherop.

Rebecca Mwangi won the first race on track at 32:37.4 ahead of Agnes Mumbua (32:39.0) and Ednah Kibiwott completing the podium in 32:47.6.

Other finishers were Gladys Kwamboka (32:47.80, Emily Chebet (33:38.0) and melody Jebiwott (33:57.5) for top six positions

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