Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala has been pushed out of the top spot in the men’s 100m Diamond League standings after a fierce showdown in Xiamen.
Former World 100m champion Fred Kerley emerged as the new leader with 29 points, relegating Omanyala to second place, also with 28 points.
South Africa’s Akani Simbine secured the third spot with 28 points as well.
Kerley’s rise to the summit followed his impressive third-place finish at the Diamond League Meeting in Xiamen, where he clocked 9.96 seconds.
Christian Coleman secured victory in the race with a remarkable time of 9.83 seconds, while Kishane Thompson closely followed in second place, clocking in at 9.85 seconds.
Kerley’s consistent performance across various meetings propelled him to the top, having previously triumphed in Rabat, Morocco, and Florence, Italy, and secured second place in Chorzow, Poland.
Meanwhile, Omanyala‘s journey in the Diamond League was a rollercoaster ride this season.
He kicked off in Rabat, Morocco, with a third-place finish, followed by a second-place showing in Florence, Italy, and Paris, France.
However, his shining moment came in Monaco when he made history as the first Kenyan to win a Diamond League event.
Christian Coleman’s stellar performance in Xiamen was crucial in reshuffling the rankings.
He equaled the fastest time of the year, solidifying his position as a dominant force in the 100m.
The Brussels leg and the upcoming finals at Hayward Field in Eugene promise more thrilling action, with athletes like Noah Lyles, the new world champion, hinting at their availability.
Kerley’s consistent form, with early-season victories and podium finishes, propelled him to the summit.
Omanyala’s victory in Monaco remains a significant milestone, while Simbine’s triumph in Silesia added to the fierce competition.
As the Diamond League season unfolds, fans can expect fierce battles on the track, with the top sprinters vying for supremacy.
The 100m men’s lineup is stacked with talent, setting the stage for an electrifying showdown in the quest for Diamond League glory.