Kenya’s Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala set a new national record and a personal best of 10 seconds in the men’s 100m semi-final at the Tokyo Olympics.
Omanyala finished third. He beat former world champion Yohan Blake of Jamaica in the first heat.
American Fred Kerley won the heat, clocking 9.96 followed by a Canadian, Andre De Grasse, who timed 9.98 seconds.
He, however, failed to qualify for the finals as the third heat of the semi-finals was much faster, with the top four athletes all finishing under 10 seconds.
South African Akani Simbine and Italian Lamont Jacobs posted the fastest times to qualify for the final.
Simbine clocked 9.90 while Jacobs had 9.84 seconds. Chinese Su Bingtan won the heat in a new personal best and Asian record of 9.83 seconds.
Omanyala had on Saturday set a new record of 10.01 seconds after finishing third in the fifth to qualify for the semi-finals.
De Grasse won the heat after timing 9.91 while USA’s Kerley came second with 9.97.
Omanyala is the first Kenyan ever to reach the Olympics men 100m semis.
Elsewhere, Ferguson Rotich and Emmanuel Korir cruised to the men’s 800m finals. Korir finished second in the first heat of the semi-finals while Rotich won the third heat.
Korir posted a time of 1:44:74, just behind Poland’s Patryk Dobek, who won the heat in 1:44:60.
Meanwhile, Rotich ran the fastest time of 1.44.04 seconds across the three heats.
Another Kenyan, Michael Saruni, failed to make it to the final after finishing sixth in the second heat won by Australian Peter Bol.
Patryk Dobek – Poland (1:44.60)
Emmanuel Korir – Kenya (1:44.74)
Peter Bol – Australia (1:44.11)
Clayton Murphy – USA (1:44.18)
Ferguson Rotich – Kenya (1:44.04)
Amel Tuka – Bosnia (1:44.53)