Kenya’s 100m wonder boy, Ferdinand Omanyala wrote another history as he set a new national record after running the distance in less than 10 seconds.
Omanyala who is fresh from Tokyo Olympics, beat his own previous record of 10.00 seconds. When he ran in an Austria meet
Not only does he become the first Kenya to dip in under 10 seconds, he also joins an elite group of sprinters including the world’s fastest human Usain Bolt, Noah Lyles et al, to achieve that feat.
Having taken up athletics in 2016, Omanyala had taken a huge risk as he decided to abandon his rugby prospects despite having the physique for the sport. But that now looks like a risk that is paying off and thanks to his coach Duncan Ayiemba, he was able to concentrate in sprints.
His career took a minor setback in 2017 after he was sanctioned by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) on doping allegations which resulted in him being slapped with one year suspension.