By Wayne Lumbasi
Africa 100m record holder Ferdinand Omanyala continued with his fine form at the world indoor tour as he edged Olympic 100m champion Marcell Jacobs of Italy in the men’s 60m dash at the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais in Lievin, France.
Beast 👑@Ferdiomanyala Beats Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs to set a new National and African record in a 60m race.— Wanjiku Reports (@WanjikuReports) February 15, 2023
Ferdinard Omanyala🇰🇪6.54s (Personal Best)
Marcell Jacobs🇮🇹 6.57s (Season Best)
Arthur Cisse 6.59s🇨🇮 pic.twitter.com/knIzWmP8EP
Omanyala clocked 6.54 seconds, smashing his own national record of 6.55 seconds he had set just a week ago in Mondeville, France.
This was the first time Omanyala beat Jacobs, the Olympics 100m gold medallist. The Italian finished second in a season’s best 6.57 as Arthur Cisse from Cote d’Ivoire came third in 6.59.
Lievin ✅🥇.— Ferdinand Omurwa OMANYALA (@Ferdiomanyala) February 16, 2023
Big win, new national record and personal best. 6.54!!!
God did it.
Unleashing the heat in the cold weather😎.
Dad's birthday gift😉.
📸: @stadion_actu pic.twitter.com/jQEUG8CU0p
It was a fitting climax to Omanyala’s World Athletics Indoor Tour, in which he won three events, broke his own national record twice, and finished second once.