Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala was in blazing form in the heats of the men’s 100m at the 3rd MoC Grand Prix, taking place at the Yaba College of Technology in Lagos, Nigeria where he powered to a new lifetime best and National Record (NR) of 10.01s for a dominant win in his heat.

He obliterated the previous record of 10.14s set by Mark Otieno Odhiambo in 2015 and by virtue of that time, qualified for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games with the standard set at 10.05s.

Omanyala’s qualification also makes for the second by an African this season in the men’s 100m, following Benjamin Azamati-Kwaku’s exploits at the 2021 Texas Relays.

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