Kenyan sprinter and African 100m record holder Ferdinand Omanyala on Wednesday, 13th April clocked his season’s best time when he won the ASA Athletics Grandprix 4 at the Germiston Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Omanyala finished the race at a 9:98 time, beating South African Commonwealth Games champion Akani Simbine who finished second in a time of 10:11, his season’s best.
Simbine’s South African counterpart Bradley Nkoana finished third in 10:38. Omanyala broke Simbine’s Africa 100m record last year after clocking a 9.77.
This was the second time the sprinters were meeting having first met at the 2021 Diamond League in Brussels where Omanyala finished fourth and Simbine sixth.
Speaking after the race, Omanyala said that he was not in the competition to race against Simbine but was racing against the finish line.
“My main aim was to run under 10 and I was not competing against him (Simbine) I was running against the finish line. I’ve achieved what I came to achieve in South Africa. It was a good start to the season and when you run these times at this point in the season then you’re expecting a good season going forward,” Omanyala said.
Omanyala’s win comes at a time when he is preparing for the Diamond League, the World Championships set to be held in Oregon and the Common Wealth games set for Birmingham.