Ferdinand Omanyala, the African 100m champion, won Kenya’s 🇰🇪 first gold medal at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Omanyala clocked 10:02 seconds to become the first Kenyan since Seraphine Antao in the 1960 to win gold in the sprints at a major championship.
Impressive in the semi-final, he looked the favorite on Wednesday night and duly controlled the final from gun to tape.
The fastest man in Africa took off flawlessly, took control of the race right away, and with his customary surge in the final 50 meters, there was no stopping him from winning the gold.
Defending champion Akani Simbine of South Africa 🇿🇦 took the silver in 10:13 secs with Sri Lankan Yukun Abeykoon taking bronze in 10:14 secs.
It was redemption for Omanyala, who failed to reach the World Athletics Championships final last month after visa delays hampered his preparations. The 26-year-old has now added the Commonwealth title to his African title.