African and Commonwealth champion Ferdinand Omanyala was beaten to second place after falling to World Championship silver medallist Marvin Bracy in the 100 m race at the Spitzen Leichtathletik, a World Athletics Continental Tour Silver event in the Swiss city of Lucerne on Tuesday.
Omanyala managed to finish second in 10.18secs, behind Bracy who won the race in 10.17secs.
The Kenyan sprinter was competing in his first tournament since his heroics in the Commonwealth Games.
Omanyala who doubles up as a policeman put up a worthwhile fight despite the wet and chilly conditions in the European countries.
The African record holder started side by side with American Bracy as they lined out in lane four and five, but Bracy finished ahead.
“It was very cold, very tough, and it wasn’t easy to achieve fast times. But a second spot finish is good, and I enjoyed myself,” said Omanyala after the race.
Jamaican Ackeem Blake came third place in 10.22seconds.
Omanyala will now shift his focus to Germany where he will compete in the ISTAF 2022 in Berlin.
He will also feature in the Continental Tour Silver race before winding up his season in Croatia with the Memorial Borisa Hanžekovića Gold Tour event.
Soon after the Commonwealth heroics Omanyala revealed that he will not be competing at Diamond League races.
According to Omanyala, the move was necessary in order to focus his energy on coming championship races.
Omanyala revealed that there had been several requests to sway his decision, but he had already made up his mind.
Soon after the Switzerland race, Omanyala will finalise this season with the World Athletics Continental Gold Tour, the Memorial Borisa Hanžekovića on September 9 to 11 at Sports Park Mladost, Zagreb, Croatia.