Omanyala and Chebet win Gold for Kenya in Mauritius

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Omanyala (photo courtesy)
Omanyala (photo courtesy)

Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala has shattered the Championship Record to hand Kenya its first Africa 100 metres title in 32 years.

Omanyala rallied from behind to win in 9.93 seconds beating defending champion Akani Simbine from South Africa in the ongoing Africa Senior Athletics Championships taking place at Cote d’Or National Sports Complex, Reduit, Mauritius.

Omanya also holds the African 100m record over the same distance at 9.77 seconds.

In the women’s race, Maxmilla Imali missed out on the podium after finishing fifth in 11.29secs.

Winny Chebet had earlier won Kenya’s first gold medal at the Championship after cruising to victory in the women’s 1500m, leading a Kenyan 1-2 finish with Purity Chepkirui finishing second.

The seasoned Chebet clinched victory in a time of 4:16.10 while Chepkirui timed 4:16.28. Ethiopia’s Asegu Ayal prevented a Kenyan podium sweep when she edged out Brenda Chebet for third to clinch the bronze medal.