African record holder Ferdinand Omanyala breezed into the men’s 100m semi-finals at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom, winning his heat in 10.07 seconds.
Omanyala, who arrived in Birmingham 10 days ago after a dismal performance at the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon, appeared more refreshed, fit, and determined.
He burst in the second part of the race, as he typically does, and crossed the finish line ahead of Cameroonian Emmanuel Eseme, who he assisted in setting a personal best time of 10.08 seconds.
Omanyala’s effortless time was the quickest in the preliminary stages, which also saw South African reigning champion Akani Simbine advance after winning his Heat in 10.10secs.
Simultaneously, Samuel Imeta advanced to the semi-finals with a strong performance, coming second in his heat with a tremendous new Personal Best time of 10.12secs.
In the women’s race, Maxmila Imali advanced after coming third in her heat in 11.30 seconds, with Jamaican Elaine Thompson Herah winning in 10.99 seconds.
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Millicent Ndoro, the only Kenyan in the preliminary rounds, finished sixth, outside the automatic qualification positions, with a time of 11.76 seconds.