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Omanyala among the sponsored athletes by ANOCA

The reigning Commonwealth Games 100m champion Ferdinand Omanyala is among seven athletes who have benefited from the Association of National Olympics Committees of Africa (ANOCA) scholarships ahead of the 2014 Paris Olympic Games in France.

The beneficiaries include the Commonwealth Games 5,000m champion Beatrice Chebet, Commonwealth Games 5,000m silver medalist Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli, Commonwealth games 5,000m bronze medalist Jacob Krop and Africa Games 5,00om champion Margaret Kipkemboi Chelimo.

While presenting the cheque to the athletes, NOC-K secretary General Francis Mutuku said that athletes will be getting kshs 100,000 per month and will run until July 2024.

“The first disbursement has already been done for the next three months and they will be getting such money from today all the way to July 2024, a month to the Olympic Games as long as they are on the path to the Olympics, their money will be there,” said Mutuku.

“We have also brought in financial experts on how to spend their money because they must give us a report every month on the expenditure. Preparation is very important. I know some of us expect medals and good performance but journey starts when they prepare well,” added Mutuku.

Omanyala said that preparing for an event is very expensive for any athlete, breaking it down as a sprinter, he said that in a week he has to go for three sessions of physiotherapy which is about 2,500 per session, making it 7,500, gym work three times a week and every session costs 500 so that is about 1,500 for a cheap gym.

He added that he is fortunate enough to get such sponsorship but there are so many athletes out there who don’t have such opportunity and cannot afford to pay for the stadium.

“I am urging to the government if they can reduce the prizes or rather put it free for sportsmen and women to use the stadium for free. Let people come and train for free next to the big stars,” he said.

Another record from Ferdinand Omanyala

Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala continued his impressive performance as he set a new meet record in the men’s 100m at the 12th edition of the International Castiglione Athletics Meeting which is a World Athletics Continental Challenger event held on Sunday (22) at Carlo Zecchini Olympic Stadium in Italy.

The 26 year-old beat the 2019 African Games silver medallist, Arthur Cisse from Ivory Coast’s as he crossed the finish in 10:11 seconds with the latter coming home in 10.14 seconds.

Nigerian-Italian and the 2018 Mediterranean Games silver medallist in 200m Eseosa Fostine Desalu closed the podium three finishes in 10.33

Omanyala who holds the 100m world leading time was at it again at the same event as crushed his previous personal record of 20.90 with a new pb of 20.50 when he finished second behind the eventual winner Italy based Sri Lankan Yupun Abeykoon, smashing the National and South Asia Records in a blazing time of 20.37 seconds With Italy’s Ali chituru taking the third place in 20.64 seconds.

Ferdinand Omanyala: I will beat Marcell Jacobs at KipKeino Classic

Africa’s fastest man in 100m Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala has sent a strong warning to Olympic 100m champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs who has been confirmed to be racing at the 3rd edition of the Absa Kip Keino Classic Continental Tour that will be held on Saturday (7) at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani, in Nairobi.

The Saturday battle will bring out the best of Omanyala after last week’s explosive performance where he set two National Records in 100m and 200m at the same ground that the KipKeino classic will be held.

The race will be an electrifying one when Omanyala, the continental 100m record holder will take on World 60m Indoor champion.

The 26 year old will run against the European 100m Champion, who is also the Italian National Record holder in both 100m and 60m race.

While speaking to Athletics News, Omanyala said “It is great that he is here. It will be a good competition. I know I will run that race without him in mind. I know I will beat him.”

Omanyala who lacked respect by ‘arresting’ reigning commonwealth games 100m champion Akani Simbine, silencing home fans last month at the ASA Athletics Grand Prix series where he clocked 9.98 seconds which was his first sub 10 as he beat Simbine pretty easily with the latter coming home in second in 10:11.

Omanyala last month ran a World Leading time of 10.00 seconds, which is the third fastest time ran on home soil after breaking the African record with a time of 9.77 seconds behind American Trayvon Bromell at the 2021 World Athletics Continental Tour that was held at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.

Lamont has proven to be a pain to his opponents this year after beating them at the four event that he has met with them proving that it wasn’t a fluke winning the Olympic title.

The 27 year-old is the first 100m Olympic champion since 19996 to win gold without a recent top 200m mark.

Other title contenders at the Classic includes Tokyo Olympic silver medallist, Fred Kerley, the 2020 World 100m champion, Mike Rogers and World 4×200 m relay team silver medallist, Isiah Young.

Youngster Sinesipho Dambile who caused a major upset at the South African championships by beating both Clarence Munyai and Luxolo Adams to clinch the men’s 200m title in Cape Town, has also been included with the first Italian in history to break the 10 seconds barrier, Tortu Filipo closing the nine lane race.

I will be chasing time not Akani Simbine, says Omanyala

Africa’s finest sprinters Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala and Akani Simbine will be facing off at the next week at the 4th edition of the ASA Athletics Grand Prix series, the Continental Tour Challenger.

The Wednesday (13) challenge is set to be an electrifying race when Omanyala, the continental 100m record holder take on Commonwealth Games 100m champion simbine, whose record was lowered by Omanyala.

Omanyala, who holds both the Kenyan National Record and Africa Record, will run against the South African National 100m Record holder Simbine.

While speaking to Athletics News from South Africa, Omanyala said “It will be a good challenge. It will be a good competition. I know I will win but going into that race am chasing the sub 10. My mind will not be focused on him.”

On Wednesday, Omanyala clocked 10.11 seconds to beat the sensational and the current South African record holder in the 200m, Clarence Munyai, who showed another turn of speed to cross the line in second.

Omanyala’s continental mark of 9.77 won’t be under threat at this stage of the season, but the two African stars could be competing for global medals later in the year.

The 2018 African Champions will be using the series as part of training for the South African championships that will be held from April 21-23.

“It’s a championship year. It’s for us to go out there and be ready for the championships. We have African champs coming up in June, we have world champs in July and Commonwealth Games in August, and those are three big competitions for me. That’s where we want to be racing at our best, and that’s my goal for the year,” said Simbine.

Ferdinard Omanyala: I am coming for you, Marcell Jacobs and Christian Coleman

Africa’s fastest man in 100m Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala is rearing to dethrone the two best runners in the world as he plans a show of a life time at the 18th edition of the World Athletics Indoor Championships that will be held from Friday 18 March to Sunday 20 March, 2022, at the Serbian capital’s Stark Arena in Belgrade.

The 26 year-old will face off the Olympic 100m champion Marcell Jacobs and the defending champion and world indoor 60m record-holder, Christian Coleman from the United States.

Omanyala set his first ever National Record in the 60m at the Miramas meeting four weeks ago in France where he finished in fourth place in 6:68 and two weeks later he was at it again breaking 0.03 seconds from his previous record of 6.63 to a new record of 6:60 seconds.

The Kenyan Indoor National Record holder in 60m went for the record for the third yesterday as he lowered it again when he crossed the line in a new personal best of 6.57 while finishing in fourth place with Jacobs taking the honors.

Omanyala smashed the Stadium Record at the third Athletics Kenya Track and Field Meeting event that was held at Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday (5) in Nairobi with a World Leading time of 10.00 seconds.

Speaking exclusively to Athletics News, Omanyala was full of energy and ready to face the Jacobs and Coleman. “My body is great shape right now and my plan is to show the two my worth at this world stage, I have studied their races and learned on how to counter them and beat them at their own game, said Omanyala.

“I had problem with my pick up from the block which was slow but the outing and performance in France has given me enough confidence. My coach (Ducan Ayiemba) has taken me through pick sessions and with his great input and technical knowhow, I think am ready for the World stage not just for appearance but to introduce Kenya sprinting dominance to the world,” Omanyala added.

The soft spoken but tough in training coach said, “I have done what is supposed to be done from my end and I have full confidence in his capacity that he will perform well”.

Omanyala will battle the Italian who is determined to become the first reigning Olympic 100m champion to claim the world indoor 60m race.

Jacobs, who is the Italian 60m record holder, came to the International scene at the 2021 European Indoor Championships where he took the honors in a blistering time of 6:47. He suffered his first false start disqualification of his career in the Belgrade Indoor Meeting early March this year but the member of the Tokyo gold medal-winning 4 × 100 m relay, has won nine out of nine 60m races that he has started this season.

Coleman the double medallist at the World Athletics Championships in 2017, also winning silver medals in both the 100 m and 4 × 100-meter relay in the same year, will targeting to become the second man to win the title back-to-back after Bruny Surin from Canada who won it in1993 in Toronto and in Barcelona in 1995.

Africa game 100m champion Arthur Cisse, will also be on the start line after equaling his Ivorian record of 6.53 in Metz last month.

Ferdinand Omanyala breaks the National Record AGAIN

Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala continued his perfect form of attacking the 60m Kenyan National Record as he lowered it again for the third time at the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais that was held on Thursday (17) in Lievin, France.

The 26-year-old set his first ever National Record in the 60m at the Miramas meeting two weeks ago in France where he finished in fourth place in 6:68 and last week he was at it again breaking 0.03 seconds from his previous record of 6.63 to a new record of 6:60.

Omanyala went for the record for the third yesterday as he lowered it again when he crossed the line in a new personal best of 6.57 while finishing in fourth place.

The race was won by reigning Olympic 100m champion Marcell Lamont Jacobs who clocked 6:50 and was followed by United States Cravont Charleston who clocked 6.52 with Elijah Hall closing the podium three finishes with a personal best of 6.57.

Ferdinand Omanyala hits the qualification mark for World Indoor Championships

Africa’s fastest man in 100m Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala will represent Kenya at this year’s 18th edition of the World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade22 after hitting the qualification mark which will be held from Friday 18 March to Sunday 20 March, 2022, at the Serbian capital’s Stark Arena in Belgrade.

The 26-year-old set his first ever National Record in the 60m at the Miramas meeting two weeks ago in France where he finished in fourth place in 6:68.

Omanyala was at it again this time at the Meweting Metz Monsele Athlelor World Indoor championships where he shelved the previous record by 0.03 seconds and setting a new National Record of 6.60 seconds which is under the World Athletics entry standard and qualifying time of 6.63 in the 60m race.

Reflecting the programmes at the 2016 edition in Portland and the 2018 edition in Birmingham, the championships will feature straight finals in the field events and medallists will be decided during five of the six sessions.

Athletes competing in individual events can qualify by achieving the entry standard, by World Indoor Tour Wildcard for event winners in the 2021 and 2022 World Indoor Tours or by virtue of their position in the World Rankings, where necessary, to meet the target numbers in each event.

Belgrade22 Qualification System and Entry Standards

Ferdinand Omanyala beats Eliud Kipchoge to lift the Sportsman of the year Award

Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala defeated the double Olympic champion, Eliud Kipchoge to win the Sportsman of the year Award during the 18th edition of the Sports Personality of the Year Awards (SOYA) that were held on Tuesday night (25) at the Bukhungu stadium in Kakamega County.

The national 100m record holder floored Olympic 800m champion Emmanuel Korir and Africa and National rally champion Carl “Flash” Tundo for the men’s title.

The second-year Bachelor of Science student at the University of Nairobi rose to stardom in Lagos Nigeria where he clocked 10.01 seconds on 30th March 2021 at an athletic event dubbed the ‘Making of Champions (MOC) Grand Prix’ where he met the qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The rugby-player-turned-sprinter warmed up hearts of Kenyans by clocking an impressive African best time of 9.77 seconds breaking the 9.85s record that had been set by Akani Simbine from South Africa at the Kip-Keino Classics that was held at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in September.

Ferdinand Omanyala signs with ADIDAS

Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala has officially penned down a sponsorship deal with ADIDAS which is the second largest shoe makers in the world.

Omanyala was the 2021 second fastest man in the world after Trayvon Bromell of United States.

Omanyala Ferdinard has officially signed a sponsorship deal with Adidas. PHOTO: Ferdinand Omanyala

The Kenyan was beaten by a hundredth of a second by 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.

Omanyala is coached Marcel Viljoen from South Africa who is an 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.

The ADIDAS contract details are still sketchy but we will unfold once we get the details.

Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala joins the Kenya Police

Kenya’s sensational sprinter and Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala has joined the National Police Service (NPS).

The 25-year-old athlete a second-year Bachelor of Science student at the University of Nairobi rose to stardom in Lagos Nigeria where he clocked 10.01 seconds on 30th March 2021 at an athletic event dubbed the ‘Making of Champions (MOC) Grand Prix’ where he met the qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The rugby-player-turned-sprinter warmed up hearts of Kenyans by clocking an impressive African best time of 9.77 seconds breaking the 9.85s record that had been set by Akuni Sembine from South Africa at the Kip-Keino Classics that was held at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in September.

Omanyala was briefed on his new role this morning when he called on the Inspector General, Mr. Hilary Mutyambai at his Jogoo house office.

The Kenya National Record holder joins a pool of other elite athletes in the National Police Service including the likes of David Rudisha, Joshua Kamworor, Vivian Cheruiyot, Julius Yego, and the legendary Ezekiel Kemboi etc.

Speaking at the brief ceremony, Omanyala thanked the National Police Service and the Government for supporting talent and he promised to repay this kindness with success in the track events.

‘It is an honor to serve the National Police Service and I promise to give my best as an athlete,” he added, ‘I also understand that there is life after sprinting.”

The IG urged Omanyala to maintain his sporting discipline for him to utilize his full potential and at the same time deliver on his new role as a police athlete.