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US teen sprint sensation who broke Usain Bolt’s world record

Erriyon Knighton is only 18, but his name is already being spoken in the same breath as sprint legend Usain Bolt.

Track athletics phenom Knighton already has a sub-10 second time in the men’s 100m and became the first American teenager to ever run the 200m under 20 seconds, a feat he has repeated several times.

In the longer sprint distance he broke eight-time gold medallist Bolt’s world Under-20 record that had stood unbeaten for 18 years, and has also bettered the world U18 best.

The fast-rising star is a favourite to make a debut at the World Athletics Championships that will be held in July 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.

Here are the top things to know about one of America’s most promising sprinters, who finished fourth in the 200m at the Tokyo 2020 Games in 2021.

Knighton’s first sport was football

Just two years ago, the 1.91m (6 foot 3 inch) teenager, who takes his height from his father, a former basketball player, was focused on outrunning the cornerbacks lined up against him on the American football pitch.

The wide receiver at Tampa Hillsborough High School seemed keen to pursue his sporting interests in the NFL, and several of the best American colleges with strong football programmes were keen to draft the speedy teen.

But with most team sports restricted due to the pandemic, Knighton opted to focus on his other passion – track.

“I only started running track in the ninth grade,” Knighton said in an interview with the BBC on his start in athletics as a freshman.

“Before then you could have asked me what 100m was and I wouldn’t have known. I knew nothing about track. By the end of that year, I realised that I was kind of separated from the pack and faster than most people.”

 He’s a world record holder

It turned out to be a smooth switch from football cleats to spikes.

The then 16-year-old was in a class of his own as he shattered the 15-16 age group record with a 20.33 run in the 200m at the AAU Junior Olympic Games.

That race from August 2020 was also the fastest in the U.S. and a huge improvement of his personal best of 20.89.

The previous 15-16 age group record was 20.62 set by Tyrese Cooper from 2016.

The Florida native, who opted to turn professional in January 2021, was just getting started. He dashed to 9.99 seconds but with an high tailwind (+2.7) rendering his time illegal.

Despite that, Knighton had become the third high school sprinter to break 10 seconds, after Trayvon Bromell (9.99, +4.0) in 2013 and Matthew Boling (9.98 +4.2) in 2019.

Five months after that, he blew away a field that included Bromell and Commonwealth Games champion Zharnel Hughes, bettering Bolt’s World U18 best of 20.13 seconds set in 2003.

Knighton ran 20.11.

That mark qualified him for the USATF Olympic Trials where “he put on the gas as he had a world champion chasing him down”.

The 17-year-old made the final of the Olympic Trials, where he achieved several historic firsts.

He topped the 200m semi-finals with a blistering 19.91 seconds, beating world gold medallist Noah Lyles, who had trailed him in the heat again.

The mark surpassed Bolt’s world U20 record from 2004 of 19.93 seconds and also bettered the world U18 best he had run three weeks earlier.

A day later Knighton punched his ticket to Tokyo 2020 with a third-place finish in the 200m in 19.84 seconds behind Lyles and Kenny Bednarek, again lowering the world U20 record.

“I did good. I’m on the team. I’m 17. I can’t complain with that,“ he said after becoming the first high schooler since 1972 to represent Team USA at the Olympics.

Knighton has his eye on Usain Bolt’s senior world record

The young American began his 2022 outdoor season with another quick one on April 30.

He ran the fourth-fastest men’s 200m ever at the LSU Invitational of 19.49, a new world U20 record. Only Bolt [19.19], Yohan Blake (19.26) and Michael Johnson (19.32) have run faster.

After improving the junior world records several times, he is now eyeing another of Bolt’s world bests – the 19.19 he ran at the 2009 world championships in Berlin.

“I just want to keep shaving down on my personal best,” he told NBC sport.

“I want the world record. But if it doesn’t come, I won’t be really bothered about it. I’ve still got 10 years left.” – Erriyon Knighton to NBC Sports.

Erriyon Knighton: “I want to be a world champion”

Knighton was outstanding in his first major competition in Tokyo, where he just missed the Olympic podium and became the youngest teen since Jim Ryun in 1964 to represent the United States.

He finished fourth in 19.93 seconds behind the Olympic champion Canadian Andre De Grasse, silver medallist Kenny Bednarek, and bronze winner Noah Lyles.

“In Tokyo, I was kinda upset that I had lost, but I just had to think about the big picture and the long run,” Knighton who is coached by Jonathan Terry told the BBC.

“I get called young every day, I am going to be 24 in 2028, that is in two more Olympics and still kind of young. I think about that all the time.

“As I grow older I am going to get stronger and faster. I am not the perfect 200m runner, I am still learning as I run it.”

He was the third American in that race behind Lyles and Bednarek, which puts him in a good position to punch his ticket to a home championship in Oregon.

“I want to be world champion, or I want to be on the podium,” he said.

Sprint start is still a high schooler

Knighton remains focused on his studies at Hillsborough High School in Tampa.

The sprinter took a break from class when he turned pro with Adidas but is now expected to graduate later this spring.

“There were a lot of people wanting to take pictures with me at the start of the school year. I think I signed an autograph actually, it got that chaotic,” he recalled of his early days back in school.

“It has calmed down now. Now everyone just walks past me just like, ‘Hey, Erriyon’. In other schools in the area, people say to my classmates ‘you go to school with Erriyon’, but for people in my school they see me every day, so it ain’t nothing.”

Source: olympics.com

Marcell Jacobs to race In front of Home Crowd in Rome

Olympic champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs will be hoping for home advantage when he takes on reigning Wanda Diamond League champion Fred Kerley at the fifth meeting of the season in Rome on June 9th.

Jacobs became the first Italian sprinter ever to win 100m gold when he soared to a surprise victory with a European record of 9.80 in Tokyo last summer, and will no doubt be given a hero’s welcome when he hits the track at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Italian, who trains in Rome, will face formidable competition as he bids for his first ever win on the Diamond League circuit, with US stars Kerley and Trayvon Bromell joining him in the blocks.

Kerley, who won the 400m Diamond Trophy in 2019, is now the reigning champion over 100m, hitting form just at the right time last summer as he claimed victories in Brussels and the final in Zurich. Currently top of the world rankings, he claimed silver behind Jacobs in Tokyo with a PB of 9.84.

Bromell is looking to build on a strong season in 2021, in which he celebrated his first ever Diamond League win in Gateshead.

Source: diamondleague.com

Another Record for Ferdinand Omanyala in Nairobi

Kenya’s sensational and Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala smashed the Stadium Record at the 3rd Athletics Kenya Track and Field Meeting event that was held at Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday (5) in Nairobi.

The 26 year-old ran the World Leading time of 10.00, 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.

Omanyala was followed by Samuel Imeta who crossed the line in second in a time of 10.36 with Stephen Oluoch closing the podium three finishes in 10.55.

Christian Coleman beats Trayvon Bromell at the Millrose Games

World indoor champion and record holder Christian Coleman came back with a bang as he beat the 2021 world fastest runner Trayvon Bromell at the 14th edition of the Millrose Games that were held on Friday (4) in Millrose, New York City.

Coleman came back after his 18-month ban for missing three drugs tests and as the eagerly anticipated he ran away with then title in a time of 6.49  ahead of US Olympic Trials champion Trayvon Bromell who pulled 6.50 to finish in second place as Ronnie Baker closed the first three podium finishes in 6.54.

World 200m champion Noah Lyles finished in fourth place in 6.62.

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.

Michael Saruni the star to watch at Millrose Games

Kenya’s Michael Saruni will be the star to watch at the Millrose Games, the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting that will be held on January 29, 2020 in New York City.

Saruni is the African indoor record holder with a time of 1:43.98 that places him as the fastest indoor 800m ever achieved in the US. This time also made him the second-fastest indoor performer at that time.

“It will be really great to come back to The Armory and the Millrose Games where I had such a great winning race,” Saruni said.

The 26 years-old will face off with the seventh fastest world indoor all-time list for 800m, Bryce Hoppel who holds a personal best of 1:44.37.  The 24 year-old finished fourth at the 2019 World Championships.

Five other Olympians will take part in this race, including NCAA champion, Isaiah Jewett, Charlie Hunter of Australia, Mexican record-holder Jesus Lopez of Mexico, Spanish record-holder Saul Ordonez and Irish record-holder Mark English. Isaiah Harris, who represented the USA at the 2017 World Championships.

Other top notch athletes to race at the Millrose Games include Olympic shot put champion Ryan Crouser, Donavan Brazier, world 800m champion, world shot put champion Joe Kovacs, Olympic 800m champion Athing Mu, Olympic pole vault champion Katie Nageotte, world indoor pole vault champion Sandi Morris, world 100m hurdles record-holder Kendra Harrison, 2016 world indoor 60m champion Trayvon Bromell, Olympic 200m bronze medallist Gabby Thomas, and Olympic 1500m bronze medallist Josh Kerr.

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.

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 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.