Winning the 100 meters in 9.98 seconds, the fastest man on the continent, Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala, edged over South African Akani Simbine at the ASA Athletics Grand Prix 4 in Johannesburg, South Africa on Wednesday.
A season’s best time of 10.11 seconds by Simbine and another South African Bradley Nkoana put them second and third in the 100 meters respectively.
Simbine, the Commonwealth Games 100m winner, was competing in his second encounter against Omanyala.
On September 3 of last year, Omanyala finished fourth in the Diamond League’s Brussels leg in 10:02 seconds while Simbine was sixth in 10.18 seconds.
After finishing second in last year’s Absa Kip Keino Classic with a time of 9.77 seconds, Omanyala surpassed Simbine’s Africa 100-meter record.
Previously, Simbine had the African speed record of 9.84 seconds. Gold Coast, Australia’s Gold Coast, became Simbine’s second home after he triumphed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
On Wednesday, Omanyala won the 100-meter and 200-meter events at the ASA Athletics Grand Prix 3 in Potchefstroom, North West Province, at McArthur Stadium.