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Ferdinand Omanyala wins LG Sports Personality of the month Award

Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala has been named the LG SJAK Sports Personality of the month of August 2022.

The 26-year-old star athlete became the first ever Kenyan in 60 years to win the Commonwealth Games 100m title after blistering through the final on August 3.

He emulated Seraphino Antao who was the first and only Kenyan to win the 100m sprint at the Club games in 1962 back then when the race was 100 yards.

Omanyala clocked 10.02 seconds to restrict defending champion Akani Simbine from South Africa to second place in 10.13 sec.

Omanyala, who walked away with an LG Artificially Intelligent 8kg washing machine retailing at Ksh.105, 000, achieved the feat after winning gold in 100m during the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

To win the August gong, Omanyala beat a strong field of nominees among them rugby star Billy Odhiambo who racked up his 100th career try at the World Rugby Sevens in Los Angeles, 800m runner Mary Moraa who won Kenya’s fourth gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth, as well as Hellen Wawira who claimed bronze in the para-power lifting competition also in Birmingham.

1500m runner Faith Kipyegon was also in the list of nominees with the second fastest time in history, a World Lead and a Kenyan record with 3:50.37 on the fast Louis II track at the Herculis EBS in Monaco where the 11th leg of the Wanda Diamond League took place.

Other nominees included netball player Beatrice Bucho, Jackline Chepkoech for winning the 3000 Metres Steeplechase Gold at the Commonwealth Games, Faisal Aden of Equity basketball team and Faith Cherotich for winning the 3000m Steeplechase gold at the World Athletics U20 Championships in Pascual Guerrero Stadium.

Omanyala has won the award twice after his initial feat in September 2021 and hopes to break Angela Okutoyi’s record of three in the LG East Africa-sponsored award.

“It’s such a great feeling winning the award twice within a space of 12 months. My success in Birmingham will no doubt continue to inspire and encourage many Kenyans over and above paving the way for many other local sprinters to come through,” he said, adding: “I feel a lot motivated to keep improving my personal best of 9.77 seconds given that I have two gold medals and an Africa record.”

Maureen Kemunto, Corporate Marketing and communication manager LG East Africa on her part said: “LG has been actively supporting the identification and recognition of sporting talent in Kenya through a partnership with SJAK. The purpose of this award is to recognize exceptional Kenyan sportsmen and women for their achievements across diverse disciplines each month and also to signify our commitment to contribute to the development of sport in the country.

SJAK President Chris Mbaisi, on his part, thanked LG for their continued support over the past eight years.

“With the monthly award, we are seeing a growing number of upcoming and talented sports personalities among them Angela Okutoyi who won the Wimbledon Open Junior category and won this award for a record three times. Rewarding sportsmen and women is an important step towards whipping up the enthusiasts of sports personalities across all disciplines.”

Ferdinand Omanyala gifts Kenya first ever gold medal in 60 years

Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala lived to his expectations as he won Kenya its first ever Commonwealth Games gold medal in sixty years at the ongoing Birmingham Games.

Omanyala posted 10.02 seconds as he thrashed the defending champion Akani Simbine from South Africa who crossed the line in second in 10.14 seconds.

South Asia’s fastest man, Yupun Abeykoon from Sri Lanka closed the first three podium finishes in10.14 seconds.

What time is 100m final at Commonwealth Games?

One of the most anticipated events of the 2022 Commonwealth Games is fast approaching.

With athletics and para athletics events in full swing, all eyes have turned to the track and field in Birmingham.

Some of the most talented athletes in the world will be aiming to write their name into the history books at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium – and one of the first landmarks of the athletics schedule sees the final of the 100m sprint.

What date are the 100m finals at the Commonwealth Games 2022?

The men’s and women’s 100m finals will take place on Wednesday 3 August. It will be one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the sporting calendar.

Where will the 100m finals of the Commonwealth Games 2022 be held?

The 100m finals will be held at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. The venue has played host to the opening ceremony of the Games and will also be used for the closing ceremony.

The stadium, which first opened in 1976, has been the home of UK athletics since 2011.

With the new west stand in place, the stadium will be able to hold 18,000 spectators in its permanent configuration, while additional temporary stands will be in place to increase the overall attendance to 30,000.

What time are the 100m finals for the Commonwealth Games 2022?

On Wednesday 3 August, men and women will compete in a semi-final sprint which will determine who qualifies for the 100m finals.

Semi-Finals

  • Men’s 100m semi-final – 7.10pm
  • Women’s 100m semi-final – 7.35pm

Finals

  • Men’s 100m final – 9.30pm
  • Women’s 100m final – 9.45pm
Who are the favourites to win gold in the men’s 100m final for the Commonwealth Games 2022?

In the men’s 100m, the outstanding favourite is reigning Commonwealth Games champion Akani Simbine. The South African, who also won silver in the 4x100m relay on the Gold Coast, has odds of 8/11 to win gold.

The second favourite is Ferdinand Omanyala of Kenya who won gold in the African Championships in 2022 for both the 100m sprint and the 4x100m relay.

Who are the favourites to win gold in the women’s 100m final for the Commonwealth Games 2022?

In the women’s 100m, the clear favourite to win gold is Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica.

The 30-year-old has won gold in the 100m and 200m in both the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Source: nationalworld.com

Marcell Jacobs the star to watch in Stockholm

Olympic 100m champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs will be the star to watch at the Stockholm Diamond League that will be held on Thursday (30) at the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm, Sweden.

The 27 year-old picked an injury in Savona which forced him to pull out of the Oslo and at his home meet in Rome as he looks to claim a first career Diamond Trophy this season

Jacobs who is now back to fitness and making his Diamond debut will face the 2018 European silver medallist, Reece Prescod and Africa’s second fastest man Akani Simbine.

Oslo Diamond League schedule

Africa’s Second fastest man in 100m, Akani Simbine and Olympic 200m champion, Andre de Grasse will battle for the honors at the Oslo Diamond League, also known as the Bislett Games, which take place on Thursday 16 June at the Bislett Stadium in Oslo, Norway.

The stadium has hosted the Bislett Games since 1965.

The Events Schedule

18:45 pm: men’s pole vault
20:04 pm: women’s 400m hurdles
20:14: men’s 400m
20:15: men’s long jump
20:19: women’s 5000m
20:39: men’s 100m
20:44: women’s 200m
20:48: women’s discus
20:49: men’s 5000m
21:13: men’s 110m hurdles
21:25: women’s 800m
21:38: men’s 400m hurdles
21:50: men’s mile

(CEST / GMT+2)

Omanyala crushes the championships record in Mauritius

Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala crushed the 100m African championships record at the 22nd edition Africa Senior Athletics championships in Reduit, Mauritius.

The 26-year-old Kenyan National Record holder beat his South African opponent Akani Simbine in a photo finish, with Omanyala winning the race by three thousandths of a second, crossing the line in 9.927 seconds, ahead of Simbine who clocked in at 9.930.

The 26 year-old smashed the old record of 9.94 that was set by Simbine with a new record of 9.94 as he went on to gift Kenya its second 100m gold. The first gold was won by Joseph Gikonyo in Cairo thirty two years ago.

South Africa’s Henricho Bruintjies closed the podium three finishes in 10.01.

The continents fastest man with a time of 9.77 has now beaten Simbine for times in all the events they have participated in. Omanyala currently holds the fastest time this season of 9.85 that he set in April during the Kip Keino Classic where he took the honors.

The 2019 African Games champion Raymond Ekevwo from Nigeria and Cameroonian Emmanuel Eseme finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 10.03 and 10.06 seconds respectively.

 

 

Gold and Record is my target, says omanyala

Africa’s finest and fastest athlete Ferdinand Omanyala is targeting his maiden 100m gold with an aim of breaking the championship record.

The national 100m champion will be battling for gold against Commonwealth games 100m champion Akan Sumbine in the second day of Africa Senior Athletics championships in Reduit, Mauritius.

A show down looms between him and the second fastest man on the continent Simbine whom he has met three times and beaten him in all events they have participated in.

Speaking exclusively on phone with athletics.co.ke, the 26 years-old is focused to top the podium with the first 100m gold medal for Kenya and run a sub ten with mind set on the championships record which now stands at 9.94.

“My is body reacting well, No fatigue heading to the finals and am chasing to lower the Championship record and win my country the first 100m gold medal,” said Omanyala.

Omanyala currently holds the world leading time of 9.85 that he set last month when winning the Kip Keino Classic, second fastest time of 10.07 after running his first race in 10.05 seconds to sail to today’s finals.

Simbine from South Africa was the second fastest with a time of 10.09 after taking the honors in heat three.

Nigeria’s Emmanuel Esseme Alobwede won the heat two with a time of 10.19 seconds and was followed by Henricho Bruintjie from South Africa in 10.21 seconds.

Eight athletes have qualified for the finals which will be held tomorrow at 16.10.

100M MEN’S FINALS

  1. Ferdinand Omanyala (KEN)  10.07
  2. Akani Simbine             (RSA) 10.09
  3. Emmanuel Matadi       (LBR) 10.13
  4. Gilbert Hainuca          (NAM) 10.15
  5. Alobwede Emanuel     (CMR) 10.19
  6. Raymond Ekevwo        (NGR) 10.15
  7. Henricho Bruintjies    (RSA)  10.21
  8. Noa Bibi                         (MRI) 10.24

Ferdinand Omanyala blazes to the 100m finals with second fastest time in Mauritius

Kenya’s sensational and Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala blazed into the finals of 100m race at the ongoing 22nd edition of the Africa Senior Athletics Championships being held at the newly refurbished Cote d’Or National Sports Complex in Reduit, Mauritius.

The 26 year-old who is a man on a mission, took the honors with the second fastest time of 10.07 after running his first race in 10.05 seconds.

Africa’s second fastest man Akani Simbine from South Africa was the second fastest with a time of 10.09 after taking the honors in heat three.

Nigeria’s Emmanuel Esseme Alobwede won the heat two with a time of 10.19 seconds and was followed by Henricho Bruintjie from South Africa in 10.21 seconds.

Eight athletes have qualified for the finals which will be held tomorrow at 16.10.

LEADING RESULTS

100M MEN

HEAT 1

  1. Ferdinand Omanyala (KEN)  10.07 Q
  2. Gilbert Hainuca          (NAM) 10.15 Q
  3. Noa Bibi                        (MRI) 10.24  q

HEAT 2

  1. Alobwede Emanuel      (CMR) 10.19 Q
  2. Henricho Bruintjies      (RSA)  10.21 Q

HEAT 3

  1. Akani Simbine              (RSA) 10.09 Q
  2. Emmanuel Matadi        (LBR) 10.13  Q
  3. Raymond Ekevwo        (NGR) 10.15 q

Ferdinand Omanyala sails easily to 100m semi-final in Mauritius

Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala sailed to the 100m semi-finals after winning his heat one race at the ongoing 22nd edition of the Africa Senior Athletics Championships being held at the newly refurbished Cote d’Or National Sports Complex in Reduit, Mauritius.

The 26 year-old ran the fastest time in the heats of 10.05 seconds beating the close opponent the 2019 Africa Games Champion, Raymond Kevwo from Nigerian to second place in 10.11seconds.

Omanyala will be on the start line with his compatriot Samuel Imeta who also sailed in the second heat after finishing second behind the defending champion and the second fastest man in Africa Akani Simbine. Both pulled 10:34 seconds and 10:14 respectively.

Reece Prescod runs first sub-10 by a European in Ostrava

The 2018 European 100m bronze medallist, Reece Prescod ran the first sub-10 by a European at the Ostrava Golden Spike which is a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold level meeting held on Tuesday (31) in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

The 26 year-old made a stunning return to form when he blasted to victory with a new personal best of 9.93 into a headwind and was followed by former world champion Yohan Blake of Jamaica and fellow Brit Zharnel Hughes, both of whom clocked 10.05 seconds.

Africa’s second fastest man Akani Simbine downed his Season’s Best with a 10.06 second and was followed closely by Sri Lanka’s and South Asia record holder Yupun Abekyoon in 10.08 seconds, just outside his personal best set over a week ago.