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Who comes out on top in the men’s 100m at the Diamond League in Rabat?

Ferdinand Omanyala takes down another world-beater at the Kip Keino Classic. Is he now a genuine contender for the world title?

One of the most exciting races that I truly anticipate is the upcoming Rabat Diamond League Men’s 100 meters. This preview is done by Deji Ogeyingbo, and we are looking forward to it. 

Who comes out on top in the men’s 100m at the Diamond League in Rabat?

Athletics fans have always clamored for a blockbuster clash among sprinters outside a global championship. With the noise ever getting louder, promoters of the Diamond League have been scrambling to put together elite runners in the same race. It’s costly, no doubt, but when it’s done right, we surely will be served a treat, which in turn makes the build-up towards the World championships all the more riveting. 

The only Diamond League event hosted in Rabat promises to be electrifying as some of the world’s fastest sprinters gather for a thrilling showdown in the men’s 100m race. The star-studded lineup includes African and Commonwealth Games Champion Ferdinand Omanyala, Olympic Champion Marcell Jacobs, World Champion Fred Kerley, World Junior Champion Letsile Tebogo, and World Bronze medallist Trayvon Bromell. 

Ferdinand Omanyala wins 100m in 9.84, to the delight of 60,000 fans, May 13, 2023, photo by Sila Kiplagat.

All are renowned athletes in their rights and have proven their mettle on the international stage, racing to fast times this season. As the anticipation builds, let’s take a closer look at the competitors and the potential outcome of this thrilling encounter.

Omanyala has been making waves in sprinting for the last eighteen months. The Kenyan ran a sensational world-leading time of 9.86 seconds to win at the Kip Keino Classic, taking down World Silver medallist in the 100m, Marvin Bracy. Omanyala also beat Kerley last year in Nairobi but had an underwhelming performance at the world championships after he showed up a day before the start of the championships. Known for his explosive start and remarkable top-end speed, he will be looking to continue his impressive form and assert his dominance against a formidable field.

Marcell Jacobs, photo by PUMA Running

Marcell Jacobs is another athlete to watch closely. We don’t know the sort of form he his at the moment as this would represent his first outdoor race of the season after he lost his European Indoor title to his Italian teammate Samuele Ceccarelli, who won gold in 6.48s to Jacobs’ 6.50s. 

His stunning victory in Tokyo 2020, where he became the first Italian to win the Olympic 100m title,…

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