Africa’s fastest sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala has qualified for the 100m semifinals at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA.
The former rugby player beat all the odds occasioned by the USA visa delay that saw him arrive in Oregon two hours before the race.
Omanyala came third in heat 7 to book one of the automatic three spots for the semis scheduled for Sunday at 04:00 a.m East African time.
He recorded 10.10 seconds on the clock advancing to the next stage where he will be seeking to book a final berth alongside the likes of other heavy hitters like Olympic Silver medalist Fred Kerley.
Kerley communicated his clear intentions at the competition with time of 9.79 seconds in his Heat in what was a new record for the fastest time ever in a qualifying round.
The American was joined by his compatriots, among them, reigning World Champions Christian Coleman, Trayvon Coleman and Marvin Bracy. Olympic Champion Marcell Jacobs also scraped through his heat to qualify for the next round.
Other superstars through include Yohan Blake, Andre de Grasse and former African champion Akani Simbine.