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Kenya: Omanyala Now Sets Sights on World Title After Historic Commonwealth Games Win


Birmingham — He likes making history! does he? Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala is now motivated to go one better and bag a world title next year.

This is after the powerful self confident Omanyala brought the fully packed Alexander Stadium to a standstill, silencing defending champion Akani Simbine of South Africa to not only win a first gold for Kenya at the 2022 Club Games in Birmingham, but also a maiden for his country since it started participating in the games.

An elated Omanyala extolled his track antics in Birmingham and here’s what he had to say after the epic final.

“I know it will sink in after some days, but it feels nice to lay my hands on this coveted crown and I am happy about it. My aim is to pave the way for many Kenyan sprinters and I know that I will inspire countless others to embrace the sprints,” the Kenyan record holder said.

“They just needed someone to break the barriers, and I am sure many more talented Kenyans will now come out strongly to prove their mettle to the world.”

Omanyala went on to explain that his Oregon woes made him even stronger and hungrier for medals.

The Kenyan speedster has tipped fellow 100m athlete Samuel Imeti to blossom in the sprint specialty.

“Imeti had a good run yesterday. He has potential but then again, it will boil down to training and I am going to hold his hand to the very end. He will be good to go.”

“We’ve been working on this since the beginning of the year- thanks to my team, the gold has come to fruition. It’s no longer a dream but a reality,” he narrated.