Omanyala shines with gold
By Peter Ochieng
Kenyan sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala is the 2022 Commonwealth games champion, in the 100M category.
The 26-year-old speed star won the race in a time of 10.02 in Birmingham, United Kingdom (UK) on Wednesday night.
He stormed to victory ahead of continental rival and defending champion, South Africa’s Akani Simbine.
Sri Lanka sprinter Yup Abeykoon finished third to close the medal bracket.
“Everyone was planning for this. It is one of the gold medals we were planning for since the start of the year and I am glad I got it. I hope my win opens up space for other Kenyans who want to major in short races,” said Omanyala after the race.
Kenya is traditionally known for producing athletes in middle and long-distance categories.
Kenyans, led by Deputy President Wiliam Ruto have taken to social media to congratulate Omanyala.
“Africa’s fastest man, a son of our soil, Ferdinand Omanyala, you have made our entire nation proud. Your victory exemplifies the results of focus, courage, consistency and sacrifice. Congratulations” posted Azimio Presidential candidate Raila Odinga.
“Kenya’s gem and Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala gets gold at the Commonwealth games, clocking 10.02 seconds. What a man! We are proud of you,” said Ruto.
Omanyala is the fastest man in Africa and the 8th in the World. His win is a consolation after failing to finish within the medal bracket in the just concluded World Champions in Oregon, United States.
He will be back on the World stage during the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary in 2023.