• Omanyala had only two hours to shake off jet lag and have his warm up to.prepare for his heat after visa delay saw him leave the country on Thursday night to embark on a 22-hour flight through Dubai and Seattle and finally to Oregon.

• Benjamin Kigen failed to qualify for the final after stumbling on the final water jump to finish seventh.

African 100m record holder
Ferdinand Omanyala is the current African 100m record holder
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Ferdinand Omanyala, the Africa 100m champion overcame a gruelling travel schedule to qualify for the semifinals at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon.

Omanyala clocked 10:10 to finish third in his heat won by Japan's Sami Brown in 9:98 as New Zealand's  Edward Osei Nketia clocked  10:08 to finish second.

Omanyala had only two hours to shake off jet lag and have his warm-up to prepare for his heat after the visa delay saw him leave the country on Thursday night to embark on a 22-hour flight through Dubai and Seattle and finally to Oregon.

The semis and final will be on Sunday morning Kenyan time. Home favourite Fred Kerley set the fastest time and underlined his status as the favourite for the gold with a scorching 9:79  in heat 2 as Zharmel Hughes of Great Britain came second in 9:97.

Travyon Bromell easily qualified for the semis as he displayed his prowess with a 9:89 performance to top his heat.

Brazil Rodrigo Nascimento came second in 10.11 as Ivory Coast' Arthur qualified for the semis in 10.5.

Defending champion Christian Coleman powered his way, posting 10.08 to win Heat six . Olympic 200m champion Andre De Grasse of Canada finished second in 10:12.Brazilian Eric Cardoso also qualified for the semis in 10:18.

Two-time Olympic 1,500 m champion Faith Kipyegon made light work of the opposition in her heat, winning in 4:04.53 as Australia Jessica Hull came home second in 4:04.64.

Freweni Hailu was placed third in 4:04.85. Africa 1,500m champion Winnie Chebet also made it to the semis after finishing second to Ethiopia's Gudaf Tsegay.

Defending world 3,000m steeplechase champion Consensus Kipruto led compatriots Abraham Kibiwott and Leonard Bett to the finals of the water jump event.

Kipruto finished second in his heat, clocking 8:20.12 with Ethiopian rival Lamecha Girma winning the race in 8:19.64.

Bett was placed second in his heat clocking 8:16.94 with Kibiwott third in 8:17 04. The race was won by Morocco's Soufiane El Bakkali at 8:16:65. Benjamin Kigen failed to qualify for the final after stumbling on the final water jump to finish seventh.

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