Omanyala eyes commonwealth gold after Oregon heartbreak
By Joshua Cheloti
Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala is hoping to put aside the World Athletics Championships troubles to bring home a 100m gold in the ongoing Commonwealth games.
Omanyala was crushed out of the championships held in Oregon, United States of America (USA) last month, following controversies over his Visa that culminated in him arriving just hours before his first race.
But despite his dismal performance, largely contributed by his late arrival, the African champion said he had no regrets.
“…running 10.10 under gruelling circumstances, I have no regrets, just lessons picked that next time we’ll plan ourselves better,” Omanyala said after his exit from the race.
The Kenyan star made a positive start in his hunt for a commonwealth gold in Birmingham, United Kingdom, after easily making it to the semifinals with a 10.1-second win in his heat.
It was a slower time, going by his standards, but Omanyala says there was nothing to worry about.
“Today was just heats. You can’t run too fast. I hope tomorrow will be better and I look forward to clocking under 10 seconds,” said the Kenyan 100m star.
“It was all about having a feel of the stadium and my body considering I have not had a proper race for over a month. Oregon was not that good but I see I have the needed energy. We return ready and eyes set on the price,” he added.
Omanyala points out that his target in the games is returning home with a gold medal for the country.
“We want to improve on that time big time. We will win gold, there is no pressure,” he affirmed.
The 26-year-old specializes in the 100m and 200m events.
He is currently the African record holder and 8th fastest man of all time in the 100 meters after clocking a time of 9.77 on 18 September 2021 in Nairobi during Kipkeino Classic.