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Ferdinard Omanyala wins the LG Sports Personality Award for September

Africa’s fastest man, Ferdinand Omanyala has been named the LG Sport’s Personality for the month of September.

Omanyala achieved the feat following his stellar performance at the Kenyan round of the prestigious 2021 Kip Keino Classic where he smashed his own National Record and setting a new African Record of 9.77

Kenyan National 100m record holder finished second behind American Trayvon Bromell in a World Lead time of 9.76 while former Olympic and World Champion Justin Gatlin was third in 10.03.

“I have been nominated many times for this award and today I am happy to win it. It is always good to be appreciated back home for your exploits. I thank LG and SJAK for thinking about sports men and women, it means a lot because our efforts are recognized,” a happy Omanyala, who was accompanied by his wife Laventer Amutavi said.

He added, “I am training hard, working on perfecting my start because I will be going for the big boys next year. We have many events like the Commonwealth Games, World Championships, African Championships and I am certain I will post better times.”

In winning the coveted monthly award, Omanyala took home an LG SolarDOM Oven worth Ksh 65,000 which is a 3-in-1 oven that is used for heating, grilling and baking.

To win the September Award, Omanyala floored other top nominees including the late Agnes Tirop, Malkia Strikers captain Mercy Moim, Sharon Chepchumba, Gladys Ekaru and Noah Kibet.

Ferdinand Omanyala introduces the man behind his successes

Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala has revealed the man behind his recent success. The National Record holder, took the title of the eight fastest man in the world in 100m after thrashing Akani Simbine’s African record at the 2nd edition of the Kip Keino Classic in that was held in September this year.

Omanyala has decided to reveal the details of his top-rated foreign manager, who also doubles up as his coach. Through his social media page, Omanyala stated that Marcel Viljoen is the man who has been pushing him to the limits.

“Despite the numerous challenges, we have truly enjoyed some incredible highlights this year. From an intense training camp in South Africa, to the Athletics Kenya Olympic trials, to the Tokyo milestones European breakthroughs, and finally, the big finish on home soil, giving me the title of the fastest man in Africa!” he praised his manager.

Marcel is an accredited Athlete Representative by World Athletics (WA) and is the founder of Fitness From Africa which is based in South Africa and has over 25 years of coaching experience.

Ferdinand Omanyala and his Manager Marcel Viljoen During Past Training Session. PHOTO: Ferdinand Omanyala

Apart from managing Omanyala, he has two more athletes under his label such as Jacent Nyamahunge from Uganda and Galaletsang Ramorwa of Russia.

Before Omanyala picked Marcel, he was under Coach Duncan Ayiemba before he was sanctioned with a 14-month ban by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK).

manyala’s decision to introduce his coach comes just days after his sponsor pull out. Sports management company, DBA Africa, decided to terminate the contract with the athlete owing to different value sets represented by each faction.

“We are proud to have played a huge role in enabling him to compete around the continent resulting in attaining four qualifying times for the Tokyo Olympic Games and achieving many national records and personal best,” read part of the statement.

Two days later SNOLegal Sports & Entertainment Law announced their withdrawal of legal and advisory services offered to Omanyala.

Despite the double loss, Omanyala has maintained his silence on his next move.

Ferdinard Omanyala Lawyers terminate their Services

Africa’s 100m record holder Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa legal firm, SNOLEGAL Sports & Entertainment Law firm has terminated their legal representation from the athlete.

Ina press statement, signed by Principal Counsel Sarah Ochwada, read that they felt it was necessary to release this statement in order to give clarity on the role we played for Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala.

“SNOLEGAL Sports & Entertainment Law provided him with Legal, Reputation Management, Intellectual Property Management, PR and Communications services up until 7th September, 2021 when we made a unilateral decision to cease representing him and we have not been involved in his decision-making since then,” read part of the statement.

It continued: “We commend our team for the tireless work they have done for Ferdinand which continues to bear fruit.”

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“We are particularly proud of our efforts in correcting false or defamatory narratives in the media about Ferdinand’s past Anti-Doping Rule Violation, in the high-level lobbying which led to Ferdinand’s admission into the Olympics team, in setting up his initial communications and PR channels, in mediating and negotiating for fair and meaningful sponsorship opportunities, for brain-storming, creating and setting up his new corporate entity, and for structuring his Intellectual Property in his new brand which we hope will provide him and his family consistent and sustainable income beyond his athletic career.”

“Our firm understood our assignment, and carried it through with the honor and respect deserving of any of our great athletes. However, we also understand when it’s time to leave in order to allow our former client the space to grow and take charge of his own destiny.”

“We continue to celebrate Ferdinand’s progress and successes and will always take pride in the strides he makes for himself and for the larger Kenyan sprints community.”

Faith Kipyegon receives another award

Faith Kipyegon, the double Olympic 1,500m champion was named the LG Sport’s Personality for the month of August.

The mother-of-one successfully defended her 1500m gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Games in a new Olympic record of 3:53.11, beating Great Britain’s Laura Muir and Netherland’s star Sifan Hassan.

Kipyegon went home with a state-of-the-art LG Artificial Intelligence washing machine worth Ksh92,000 and a glittering trophy engraved with her name.

Kipyegon, who was awarded by the LG Electronics Managing Director, Sa Nyoung Kim on Tuesday morning at her Global Sports Communication Training Camp in Kaptagat said the award will motivate her to more success ahead of next season.

“I am so surprised about this award. It has never happened before. Being the off season, Coach Patrick Sang called me and said that there is an urgent meeting. Little did I know I was to receive this award. It is an inspiration for me and my teammates at the camp,” Kipyegon said.

The LG Managing Director appreciated the partnership, saying that the electronic firm is committed to developing sports in the country.

“I am humbled to be at such a humble camp which has so many championships. LG and SJAK will continue working together to support and motivate sports personalities achieve their dreams,” LG boss Sa Nyoung Kim said.

Kipyegon was voted the best ahead of world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge, Peres Jepchirchir Olympics as well as Olympic 800m gold medalist Emmanuel Korir.

Also in the nominees were World Under-20 Walk champion Heristone Wanyonyi, 100m sensational Ferdinand Omanyala and World Under-20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi.

Kipyegon also becomes the third female athlete in 2021 to lay hands on the coveted award, previously won by the likes of Kipchoge, Geoffrey Kamworor, Mary Moraa, Milan marathon winner Titus Ekiru and the world marathon women champion Ruth Chepng’etich.

Ferdinand Omanyala contract terminated by his management

DBA Africa has terminated its contract with the Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala.

According to a press release dated Monday, September 27, DBA Africa Sports Management said that it has terminated their contract with the sprinter who has attracted global attention.

The company, in its statement, highlighted its pivotal role in enabling the athlete compete in local, continental and international championships including the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games that propelled him to fame.

“We are proud to have played a huge role in enabling him to compete around the continent resulting in attaining four qualifying times for the Tokyo Olympic Games and achieving many national records and personal best,” read part of the statement.

Speaking to athletics.co.ke on phone, DBA Africa Programs Director Lylle Asiligwa said it terminated its engagement with the athlete owing to different value sets represented by each faction.

We have parted ways with Omanyala. Our parts have become different from Omanyala because we don’t share the same values, and vision,” one of the representatives from DBA Africa stated.

Asiligwa added that the Kenyan sprinter approached them in December 2020 and have worked with him for a good part of the year so far.

Omanyala has not yet responded to the new developments to give his side of the story.

Omanyala in recent weeks has been the talk of the town due to his record-breaking race at the second edition of the Kikeino Classic continental Tour that was held at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.

Omanyala was beaten by a hundredth of a second by United States Trayvon Bromell who ran the fastest time in 2021 of 9:76 that put him in history books as the sixth fastest track sprinter over the distance.

Ferdinard Omanyala targets Usain Bolt world record

Africa fastest man in 100m Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa has hinted that in one year’s time he will be targeting to lower Usain Bolt world record over the distance.

Omanyala broke the African record that had been set in July this year of 9:84 by South African Akani Simbine when he set a new record of 9.77 at the second edition of the Kip Keino Classic last Saturday (18) at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.

While Speaking on Citizen TV with Jeff Koinange, Omanyala said that the record will not take him a year to break as his trends has been on gradual growth.

“The difference in time with bolts record time with what I ran at Kip is 0.19 now if you do the math am capable of running 9.56.” Omanyala said.

The 25- year-old also narrated how he wrote to be included in the Diamond League race but his request was turned down by one of the directors.

“There was a time I applied to run in the Diamond League but the email reply from one of the directors said they could not take me as he could not believe a Kenyan would run that fast”

The eighth fastest man on the planet is taking a three weeks rest before he begins his training for the busy new track season in March next year.

Ferdinand Omanyala rewarded a brand new car by Odibets

Kenya’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala was Wednesday (22) gifted a brand-new car by Odibets as a reward for breaking the African 100 metres record last weekend at the second edition of the Kip Keino Classic Tour that was held on 18 September 2021 at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed were among the dignitaries alongside other Kenyans who cheered record breaking Omanyala.

During the appreciating ceremony that was held at the New Stanley hotel, Odibets General Manager Dedan Mungai said that the company was proud to associate itself with Omanyala and walking with him in his journey.

“We as a company are proud to associate ourselves with Omanyala who has proved beyond all means that Kenya can conquer the world in the field of athletics, his character, resilience, endurance and performance is aligned with our core values as a company, ” said Dedan Mungai as he handed over the car keys to Omanyala.

Speaking during the event, Omanyala said that he always knew he was destined for greatness and was very greatful to Odibets as they have walked the journey with him supporting him in all that he did.

“Odibets came at the right time when I needed them and It is through them, I was able to focus on my training enabling me to break the African record, ” said an elated Omanyala who had been accompanied by his family for the appreciation ceremony.

In his speech, Omanyala advised his fellow athletes to embrace hard work and never give up on their dreams.

“Hard work, discipline and perseverance are the three main components of success, as I ran the race on Saturday at the Kasarani I did’nt know right now I would be the proud owner of a car,” said Omanyala who could not hide his joy as he received the car from Odibets General Manager Dedan Mungai.

The car’s number plate will bear the number 977 to celebrate his huge record-breaking achievement.

This is Omanyala’s second reward from Odibets as earlier on the betting firm gifted him a financial boost of Sh 1.5 million for qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics.

 

Ferdinand Omanyala runs the second fastest time in the world

 Ferdinand Omanyala became the eight fastest man in history fo 100m race when he thrashed  Akani Simbine African record at the 2nd edition of the Kip Keino Classic, a leg of the World Athletics Continental Gold Tour that was held at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on 18 September 2021.

Omanyala was beaten by a hundredth of a second by United States Trayvon Bromell who also ran the fastest time in 2021 of 9:76 that put him in history books as the sixth fastest track sprinter over the distance.

The fine end to the season comes after both Bromell and Omanyala missed out on the men’s Olympic 100m final. The American was the hot favourite for individual gold going into Tokyo 2020 with the fastest time on paper of 9.77 secs.

World 100m all-time list

  1. Usain Boldt            (JAM) 9.58
  2. Tyson Gay               (USA) 9.69
  3. Yohan Blake            (JAM) 9.69
  4. Asafa Powell           (JAM) 9.72
  5. Justin Gatline          (USA) 9.74
  6. Trayvon Bromell      (USA) 9.76
  7. Christian Coleman    (USA) 9.76
  8. Ferdinard Omanyala (KEN) 9.77

Ferdinand Omanyala, I will give my best at Kip Keino Classic

Kenya National Record holder in 100m, Ferdinand Omanyala has promised to give the best shot tomorrow as he faces the United States great Justin Gatlin at the 2nd edition of the Kip Keino Classic, a leg of the World Athletics Continental Gold Tour which will be held at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on 18 September 2021.

Omanyala was in high spirit as he met Gatlin during the final presser for the Continental tour that was held at the Ole Sereni Hotel in Nairobi.

The 25 years-old enjoys the fastest time that he set twice of 9.86 during the final race at the International Josko Lauf Meeting at Pramtal Stadium, Andorra, Austria.

“I want to give my best as I face the world’s best in 100m. Everyone is at his best and everyone is looking to run the best time and take the title,” Said Omanyala

Gatlin, a silver medalist from the 2019 World Championships in Doha, is the fifth fastest man. Trayvon Bromell will look to end his season on a high after the disappointment of missing out on the Olympic final, having only reached the semis despite arriving in Tokyo with the world’s fastest time on paper of 9.77secs.

Omanyala will also face Olympic silver medalist Fred Kerley also from the USA.

Ferdinand Omanyala to battle Justin Gatlin

Kenya’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala will battle Justin Gatlin at the 2nd edition of the Kip Keino Classic, a leg of the World Athletics Continental Gold Tour which will be held at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on 18 September 2021.

Gatlin arrived in the country this morning and he will race alongside Olympic silver medalist Fred Kerley, also of the United States. Compatriot Trayvon Bromell who is the fastest man this year over the 100m is also in the country as they will be lined up to showcase one of the toughest race on the Continent.

The 25 years-old enjoys the National Record that he set twice of 9.86 during the final race at the International Josko Lauf Meeting at Pramtal Stadium, Andorra, Austria.

Omanyala last month made a debut in the Diamond League in Brussels where he finished in fourth place in 10:10.02 seconds. The race won by American Kerley who pulled 9.94 seconds. Kerley led a podium sweep with Bromell coming in second in 9.97 and Michael Norman closing the first three podium finishes in 9.98.

Gatlin, silver medalist from the 2019 World Championships in Doha,  is the fifth fastest man. Bromell will look to end his season on a high after the disappointment of missing out on the Olympic final, having only reached the semis despite arriving in Tokyo with the world’s fastest time on paper of 9.77secs.