Commonwealth Games 2022 gold medalist in the men’s 100m, Ferdinand Omanyala is preparing for one last European competition before heading off to the 2023 Wanda Diamond League’s grand finale, the Prefontaine Classic, taking place in the United States. Right after finishing as the runner-up in both of his recent appearances in the World Athletics Continental Silver Tour events in Switzerland and Italy, Omanyala is set to compete next at the Memorial Borisa Hanžekovića in Zagreb, Croatia. This meet is part of the prestigious Continental Gold Tour and is slated to take place on September 10, 2023, i.e., this Sunday.
After this meeting, the Wanda Diamond League 2023 final is where Ferdinand Omanyala will be competing next. The final of the prestigious event is scheduled for September 16 and September 17, 2023, at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. This venue also hosted last year’s World Athletics Championships. Omanyala recently clocked 10.04 seconds at the Gala dei Castelli event in Switzerland, narrowly missing the top spot to Jamaican sprinter Oblique Seville’s 10.01. He again lost to Seville in Italy, where he posted a time of 10.15 seconds compared to Seville’s 10.00.
Who else is competing in the Memorial Borisa Hanžekovića meet in Zagreb?
The Zagreb race is known for paying tribute to Croatian hurdler Boris Hanzekovic, who lost his life during World War II. The competition has been held since 1951 and was upgraded to a World Athletics Continental Gold Tour status in 2020. Omanyala, who currently holds the African record with a 9.77-second run, adds star power to the Zagreb 100m line-up, which will also feature Oblique Seville and Olympic, European champion, and record holder Lamont Marcell Jacobs of Italy, who has a record of 9.80 seconds.
Jamaican sprinter Kishane Thompson, who recorded a personal best 9.85-second run for a second-place finish at the Xiamen Diamond League 2023 in China, will also be taking part in the race. American Marvin Bracy, who nearly broke Usain Bolt’s meeting record with a 9.86-second run two years ago, will also be competing. It is important to note that Ferdinand Omanyala came in seventh at the World Athletics Championships 2023 in Budapest, Hungary, clocking 10.07 seconds.
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