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Ferdinand Omanyala reveals his contract with ADIDAS

The eight fastest man in history of 100m race, Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa has revealed some of his contract details with German multinational corporation, Adidas.

 Omanyala stated that he had signed a three-year deal with a +1 clause. The one-year extension depends on his progress and form after the three years.

The sponsorship deal will cater for his travelling expenses and accommodation during national and international events.

The package deal also involves bonuses on every gold medal he clinches as well as records he breaks.

“(The contract) It’s good money, they will sponsor my travelling, knitting and bonuses for every win that I get. The money is a lot, it has surpassed millions.

“This year I’m seeking to break more records as opposed to last year,” he noted.

Omanyala is coached Marcel Viljoen from South Africa who 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.

The 26 years-old is said that he is going for the 200m race, although he noted that a lot of technicalities come into play.

“There are technicalities that I am yet to learn, but I will try. I will run the 200m and 100m which will be the mega race,” said Omanyala.

In September last year, the Sports management company, DBA Africa, decided to terminate the contract with the Omanyala 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.

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.

Nigerian President hails Team Nigeria for outstanding performance at U20 World Athletics

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Team Nigeria for its outstanding performance at the just-ended World U20 Athletics Championships held at Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani, Nairobi, Kenya.

According to a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina, in Abuja, Buhari commended “the athletes and their handlers for showcasing to the world that the country is blessed with some of the best talents in sport, who by dint of hard work and perseverance, can dazzle anytime and anywhere.

“With four gold and three bronze medals to finish third on the final medals table, the President believes that our sports ambassadors in Nairobi and the entire contingent have every reason to celebrate their well-deserved laurels, while putting the track and field world on notice of their intentions to surpass their achievements in the nearest future,” the statement said.

It added: “President Buhari thank the victorious athletes for flying the country’s flag high at the competition; breaking new records from personal bests and national records all the way to championship record.

“The President joins all Nigerians in celebrating our patriots for reinforcing the can-do and resilient spirit of the Nigerian at the championships”.

Kenya storms to the 4x100m finals

The Kenya team for 4x400m of Peter Kithome, Joshua Wanyonyi, Elkanah Kiprotich and Kennedy Kimeu qualified into the finals of the men’s relays finals at the ongoing world under 20 championships being held at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani, Nairobi.

Kithome started the baton, with Wanyonyi, Kiprotich and Kimeu to finish second in heat one behind Jamaica team with 3:05.77 and Kenya coming second 3:05.82 as Botswana claimed the last automatic qualifying place in 3:06.33.

Kimeu said setting the fastest qualifying time sets the momentum for them ahead of the final.


Jackline Chepkoech bangs Kenya the third Gold in 3000m steeplechase

Jackline Chepkoech produced an outstanding performance to win the World U20 3000m steeplechase at the ongoing championships games being held at Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani, Nairobi.

Chepkoech wrapped the third day with the third gold when she crossed the line in a new personal best of 9:27.40 as Faith Cherotich settled for bronze as they send the record to the world that Kenya is still a powerhouse in the water and barriers.

The 18 year-old intends to compete at the Commonwealth Games said that it was one of the best races and it worked the way she had planned.

“Today’s race was well organized and winning was good as I plan to join senior team next year for Commonwealth Games,” Chepkoech said.

Cherotich settled for silver in 9:44.76 with Ethiopian Zerfe Wondermagegn banging silver with a time of 9:35.22.

The Sugutet Secondary School student said that she will have another opportunity to compete for juniors at the 2022 Cali Colombia.

Faith Cherotich tackles the water barrier as she heads to win the bronze medal for Kenya at the World U20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya. PHOTO: Steve Kuria

“Am still at 16 and God willing I be in the team that will represent Kenya at the World U20 next year. This bronze will be of great help to propel my career,” Cherotich said.


Vincent Keter and Etiang Kamar sail through the 1500m finals

Vincent Keter and Etiang Kamar  sailed through to the World U20 1500m race finals at the ongoing championships at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani in Nairobi.

Etiang missed out at the Olympic Games when he failed to meet anti-doping rules, but was relieved when he was included in the under 20 team in 1,500m.

Keter who was in heat one won the race with a time of 3:42.35 and was followed by Meleneh Azize from Ethiopia who pulled 3:44.81 to take the second place.

Keter said he is in great shape and looking forward for the finals after the win, after knowing his opponents strength.

“It is high time that we win a medal and that will come from me,” said Keter former student at Chesoen Secondary School in Bomet County

Sylvester Simiyu and Mercy Chebet knocked out of 100m race at World U20

Kenyan Sprinters Sylvester Simiyu and Mercy Chebet failed in their quest to win a medal at the world under 20 championships at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.

The duo, competing in 100m, were knocked out of the championships after Simiyu crossed the line 5th place in heat six.

Despite losing, simiyu was happy that he has managed his personal best in his category.

Sylvester Simiyu reacts after failing to qualify to the next round. PHOTO: Kelly Ayodi/ Sport Picha Ltd.

Chebet managed to pull 12.39 in her heat failing to cut the cut in a race that Namibia’s Beatrice Masilingi managed to break the National U20 record when she clocked 11.20.

Fun, Pomp and colour as the World U20 Gets underway

It was fan, pomp and colour when the first lady of the Republic of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta officially opened the world U20 athletics championships on Tuesday evening at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani Stadium.

Kenyatta who is also the event patron said that World U20 Championships is a milestone for Kenya and the rest of Africa.

“The stakeholders and media have played a critical role in ensuring that this event is successful. I’m impressed with the young men and women who want to improve the sport by competing in an exciting event and would like to wish them the very best in various field and track events,” she said adding that they young people should pursue their dreams to the highest level.

“I would like to urge all the athletes, officials and all those participating in making the event a success to follow the protocols for the Covid-19 so that we can have a free and healthy championship by the end of five days,” she added.

The opening ceremony was also attended by World Athletics president, Sebastian Coe, Athletics Kenya president Gen (rtd) Jackson Tuwei and Sports CS Joe Okudo.

Ksh1.5Billion to Kickstart Nairobi 2020 Preparations

Hardly 24 hours after Kenya was awarded the 2020 World under 20 Athletics Championships, the Kenyan government allocated Ksh1.5 Billion to jumpstart preparations of the event.

Sports and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa said there’s not time to waste and that’s they are moving with speed and precision to ensure Kenya stages a world class event in Nairobi.

Addressing the press in his office in Nairobi, Echesa said the Steering Committee will be constituted next month to start preparations which will pave way for the formation of the Local Organising Committee.

The IAAF World U20 Championships Nairobi 2020 have been scheduled for July 7-12, 2020, after Nairobi’s candidacy was formally endorsed by the IAAF Council in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Thursday, July 26th 2018.

Last year, Kenya hosted the final edition of the IAAF World Under-18 Championships at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasaran in Nairobi. The event drew huge crowds with IAAF commending the country for the well-attended competition.

Echesa said the success of the 2020 World under 20 Athletics Championships will give Kenya the much needed impetus and confidence of bidding for the 2025 World Athletics Championships.

“We started with the World under 18 now the under 20 event from there we shall be ripe to host the senior’s championships. We have shown that we are capable to host smaller events, and it has now reached a time when we should host big competitions,” said Echesa.

The Cabinet Secretary said Kenya became the first African nation to win the world championship in Beijing in 2015, adding that it is only fitting that Kenya should be the first country to bring the World championships to Africa.

The Qatari capital of Doha is set to host the 2019 IAAF World Championships before Eugene, Oregon, in USA stages the 2021 edition as Budapest, Hungary  plays host in 2023.

The world governing athletics body IAAF is pushing to have Africa stage the 2025 World Athletics Championships.

Last year, Hamad Malboum Kalkaba, President of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA), claimed in a statement, released following a meeting with IAAF President Sebastian Coe in Rabat, he believed that Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa all had the potential to stage the IAAF World Championships in 2025.

Africa Record Holder Wanjiru Walks to Victory in Masters Championships

Six times Africa champion and Commonwealth Games medalist Grace Wanjiru blazed the trail in the World Masters Athletics trials in the women’s 10,000m walk to victory at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in Nairobi.

Wanjiru who also holds the African record a time she set during the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010 where she won a bronze walked to a time of 46:37.05 for the deserved win.

Wanjiru ranked 32nd in the world said she used the event to prepare for the forthcoming Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria later this month but will still duty if she is selected to join the team for the World Masters in Spain.

National heptathlon record holder Caroline Kola won the women’s long jump and shot by managing 3.75m and 10.13m respectively.

Africa 200m and 4x100m relay record holder Joyce Odhiambo sprinted to a 100m win by timing 16.0.

The 2002 and 2010 Commonwealth Games 5000m bronze medallist Innes Chenonge made it a double by winning in the women’s 10,000m a day after winning in 5000m.

Chenonge clocked 17:31.01 subjected Wangare who is also a four-time winner of the 20 kilomètres de Maroilles to another second place finish in a time of 17:3806 in the 5000m event.

The Afrika Mashariki Fest Half Marathon champion Willy Mwangi won the men’s 10,00m race by returning 30:54.09 ahead of Haroun Kiprugut in 32:55.05.

The event was used to select a team that will represent Kenya in the World Masters Athletics Championship in Malaga, Spain slated for September 4-16.

Masters Athletics Championship are designed for retired athletes from the age of 40 onwards for both men and women.

Yego’s Coach wins national Javelin Title

Joseph Mosonik coach to Africa javelin record holder Julius Yego clinched the national Masters Athletics title at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Thursday.

Mosonik from Western managed a throw of 46.40m during  World Masters Athletics Championship trials to march the accomplishments of his athlete Yego of securing the national title.

Team Kenya captain and World Masters half marathon champion kicked of his campaign positively by winning in two races.

Francis Komu who captained Team Kenya during the last edition of World Masters Athletics Championship in Perth, Australia returned 4:03.08 to win heat one of men’s 1500m before timing 14.40.09 to emerge best in 5000m.

The 2002 and 2010 Commonwealth Games 5000m bronze medallist Innes Chenonge emerged top in the women’s 5000m by clocking 35:38.03.

Chenonge edged out the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games women’s 5000m gold medallist Isabella Ochichi into third place in 36:41.01 behind second placed Miriam Wangare in 36:08.08.

Former national 100m record holder Tom Musinde was in good form after winning the men’s 100m 200m dash to twice beat the 2011 All Africa Games 4x400m relay gold medallist Vincent Mumo.

Musinde clocked 10:04 ahead of Mumo in 10:08 before timing 22.4 to beat the two time 4x400m Commonwealth Games relay silver medallist.

The 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games 400m champion Mark Mutai lived to his billing by winning the one lap race in 50:08.

The trials will come to an end on Friday beginning with the half marathon where Joseph Kibunja guide to 5000m and 10,000m Paralympics record holder Henry Wanyoike will be in contention.

The event will be used to select a team that will represent Kenya in the World Masters Athletics Championship in Malaga, Spain slated for September 4-16.