Commonwealth Games: Ferdinand Omanyala and Imeta Samwel have qualified for the semi-finals of the 100m

Ferdinand Omanyala of Team Kenya competes during the Men's 100m Round 1 heats on day five of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at Alexander Stadium on August 02, 2022 on the Birmingham, England. (Kelly Ayodi, Standard)

Kenya will have two athletes in the men's 100m semi-finals at the 2022 Commonwealth Game in Birmingham after Ferdinand Omanyala clocked 10.07s to win heat 5 and Samwel Imeta qualified after finishing second in heat 9 in a time of 10.12s

Africa's fastest man Omanyala came under pressure from Cameroon's Emmanuel Eseme in the latter stages of heat 5 of the men's 100m, but it was the 26 year-old who came through for the win.

Eseme ran a new Personal Best of 10.08s to also qualify for the semifinals.

Omanyala will be joined by compatriot Samwel Imeta who broke ground to a massive Personal Best (PB) of 10.12s behind Australia's Rohan Browning who clocked a time of 10.10s (0.9) to win heat 9.

Semi-finals of the men's 100 meters race is scheduled to be held tomorrow (Wednesday).

Nigeria's Favour Ashe won Heat 1 of Men's 100m - Round 1 after clocking a time of 10.12s ahead of England's Nethaneel Mitchell and Mitchell Blake (10.14s) who also qualified automatically.

Defending Commonwealth Champion, Akani Simbine of South Africa dominated the second heat of the men's 100m, running 10.10s (0.1) ahead of Jake Doran in 10.39s with Jamaica's Nigel Ellis missing out after finishing 3rd in 10.41s.

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Raymond Ekevwo and Godson Brume also joined compatriot Favour Ashe in the semis.

Ekevwo qualified for the Semifinals with a time of 10.14s in Heat 4 while in Heat 6, Godson Brume finished 3rd in 10.36s.

Sri Lanka's Yupun Abeykoon finished first in the 100m heat 6 with a time of 10.06 seconds.

Ghana's Sean Safo-Antwi made it to the semis after finishing 4th in Heat 10 in a time of 10.33s.

Men's 100m top qualifiers to the semifinals:

Yupun Abeykoon 10.06
Ferdinand Omanyala 10.07
Emmanuel Eseme 10.08
Akani Simbine 10.10
Rohan Browning 10.10
Favour Ashe 10.12
Samwel Imeta 10.12
Raymond Ekevwo 10.14
Mitchell-Blake 10.14
Bailey-Cole 10.15

The fastest five qualifiers from the men's 100m heats at the Commonwealth Games:

Yupun Abeykoon 10.06 (1.1)
Ferdinand Omanyala 10.07 (0.9)
Emmanuel Eseme 10.08 (0.9)
Akani Simbine 10.10 (0.1)
Rohan Browning 10.10 (0.9)

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