Fred Kerley wins men's world 100m final after Omanyala failed to qualify

The 100m African record holder Ferdinand Omanyala (center), 2020 Olympic 100 metres champion Marcell Jacobs (left) andFred Kerley of the U.S during interview ahead of Kipkeino Classic-World Continental tour gold in Nairobi. May 6, 2022. [Jonah Onyango, Standard] 

Fred Kerley led home an American clean sweep in the world championships 100 metres final on Saturday, the first since 1991, to send the home fans wild as the sport's dominant nation got a night to remember as they hosted the event for the first time.

Kerley timed his dip perfectly to clock 9.86 seconds as Marvin Bracy took silver and Trayvon Bromell bronze, both with 9.88 seconds but Bracy taking it by two thousandths of a second.

A fourth American in the final, defending champion Christian Coleman, finished sixth.

July 16, 2022 Gold medallist Fred Kerley of the U.S. celebrates after winning the men's 100 metres final alongside silver medallist Marvin Bracy of the U.S. and bronze medallist Trayvon Bromell of the U.S. REUTERS

Carl Lewis led clean sweeps in 1983 and 1991 but no nation has managed it since. The United States were allowed to enter four in the event - three qualifiers from their trials plus Coleman as the defending champion.

Jamaican threat Oblique Seville, the fastest of the qualifiers with 9.90, finished fourth in 9.97.

Earlier on, Africa fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala on Sunday morning failed to qualify for the 100m final after finishing fifth in heat 3 of the semi-finals .

 July 16, 2022 Jamaica's Oblique Seville crosses the line to win the men's 100 metres semi final, heat 3 alongside second place Marvin Bracy of the U.S. REUTERS

He came fifth behind Jamaican Oblique Seville (9.09), American Marvin Bracy  (9.93), Canadian Aaaron Brown (10.06 ) and Nigerian  Oghene Ashe. (10.12)

In late May this year, Omanyala set a world lead of 9.85 to defeat Olympic silver medalist Kerley to win Kip Keino men's world 100m final at Moi Stadium, Kasarani.

Kerley clocked 9.92 in second as his fellow countryman, Isaiah Young, came third in a season best of 10.13. 


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