Commonwealth Games gold medallist Ferdinand Omanyala is aiming to pave way for many more talented Kenyan sprinters to blossom in the sport.
Omanyala, who became Kenya’s first Commonwealth Games 100 metres champion on Wednesday night in Birmingham was elated after the particular heroics, further promising to inspire the upcoming athletes in his motherland, Kenya.
The 26-year-old former rugby player brought the fully packed Alexander Stadium to a standstill, storming to victory ahead of defending champion Akani Simbine of South Africa with 10.02s on the clock.
“I know it will sink in after some days, but it feels nice to lay my hands on this coveted crown and I am happy about it. My aim is to pave the way for many Kenyan sprinters and I know that I will inspire countless others to embrace the sprints,” the Kenyan record holder said.
“They just needed someone to break the barriers, and I am sure many more talented Kenyans will now come out strongly to prove their mettle to the world.”
He also expressed optimism in his compatriot Samuel Imeti to shine in the men’s 100m event in the coming days after failing to reach the finals in Birmingham.
“Imeti had a good run yesterday. He has potential but then again, it will boil down to training and I am going to hold his hand to the very end. He will be good to go.”
Omanyala went ahead to say that leaving a mark in Birmingham was a goal that he has been working on together with his team.
“We’ve been working on this since the beginning of the year- thanks to my team, the gold has come to fruition. It’s no longer a dream but a reality,” he narrated.
“This is a big motivation towards the 2024 Paris Olympics and next year’s World Championships. I am now going for the 4 X 100n relay gold.”
The Kenyan sensation revealed that his World Athletics Championships Oregon22 tribulations came as blessings in disguise as he came out even stronger heading into the Commonwealth Games.
“About the Worlds, I forgot almost immediately. In life its always just about moving forward and using those setbacks as stepping stones and just moving forward and focusing on the next one.”
“The gold already has a lot of impact as I am the reigning Commonwealth and Africa champion, so this is a very big motivation.”- Advertisement -