- Kerly won the race in Rabat on Sunday in 9.94 seconds in the absence of Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs
- Trayvon Bromell, a world bronze medalist last year in Oregon, could only manage fifth in a time of 10.10sec
Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala finished 3rd in the 100m Rabat Diamond league in a race that was won by World 100m Champion Fred Kerly from United States.
Kerly won the race in Rabat on Sunday in 9.94 seconds in the absence of Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs.
South Africa’s Akani Simbine finished second behind Kerley in 9.99sec with Kenyan sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala third (10.05).
Trayvon Bromell, a world bronze medallist last year in Oregon, could only manage fifth in a time of 10.10sec.
“I can’t describe my happiness for winning this race and hitting the meeting record today,” said Kerley.
“This is the result I was expecting and I will keep up to achieve and reach the world championship in the best shape ever.”
Jacobs, who beat Kerley to gold at the 2020 Olympics, pulled out of their much-anticipated showdown earlier in the week due to a back nerve problem.
The pair has not faced each other since Tokyo but could meet on June 2 in the next Diamond League event in Florence.
Kerley will defend his 100m crown at the world championships in Budapest in August and could target the 200m as well.