Boxscore: NAIROBI, Kenya -September 23, 2021 – Kenya is now in the uncharted waters thanks to the country’s sprinting sensation Ferdinand Omanyala who broke the African sprint record which was held by Akani Simbine of 9.84 by running in a time of 9.77 in Nairobi last week during the Kipchoge Keino Classic to become the eighth fastest man in the history of the 100m sprint.
Omanyala achieved the feat after finishing second behind Trayvor Bromell in a star-studded field that converged in Nairobi for the Athletics Continental Tour Gold Series.
Running in front of the home fans, Omanyala did not disappoint as he took Kenya right to cloud nine rewriting African sprinting history and single-handedly pulled Kenya onto the global sprinting stage.
Kenya has always been known as an athletics powerhouse on the global stage but not in the sprints. The short races have been the unchartered waters for Kenya despite their dominance in the long and middle distance races.
This is not the case anymore, thanks to Omanyala who has been making all the headlines in East Africa and across the world.
Athletics analysts across the country have mentioned Omanyala’s achievements as the game changer in athletics in Kenya as it is a huge statement to the young upcoming athletes that they should not only venture into long distance running but they should also try the sprints.
Omanyala was born in Nairobi on January 2, 1996. He specialized in the sprints from his early life but he burst into the spotlight in 2019 when set a new national record of 10.01.
He resurfaced again this year during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics getting to the semifinals and setting a new national record 10.00.
Speaking in Nairobi after the breathtaking race, Omanyala said that he is proud of what he has achieved saying that he is focused and wants to continue what he has been doing to achieve even more in his career.
Kenya has made her mark in the athletics world from the long and middle distance events although there has been a belief the country is endowed with massive talent in all the track and field events only if the country can make a serious investment in developing the talent.
However, in the recent past the country has been witnessing success in other athletics events like in the javelin where the famous YouTube man Julius Yego made a name for himself by winning a world championship gold. The country has also had its first representative in the high jump in this the 2020 Tokyo Olympics earlier this year.