Omanyala confident ahead of Africa championship

Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 05:00 | By
Sprinting phenomenal Ferdinand Omanyala PHOTO/Courtesy
Sprinting phenomenal Ferdinand Omanyala PHOTO/Courtesy

Africa’s 100m record holder Ferdinand Omanyala has huge expectations ahead of making a debut at the Africa Senior Athletic Championships this week.

Omanyala is among the Kenya contingent that was set to leave the country last evening for Reduit, Mauritius, where the championships will run from June 8 to 12 at Cote d’Or National Sports Complex.

Kenya will be represented by 55 athletes, 25 women and 30 men where they will be hoping to surpass results from the previous edition in Asaba, Nigeria in 2018 where they managed 19 medals.

Kenya led the continent with 11 gold, six silver and two bronze medals.

“My preparations were great I can’t complain,” said Omanyala.

“I started with the indoor tour that culminated at the World indoor championships. I have also had success at outdoor competitions. I want to go to Mauritius and fight for medals,” said Omanyala. The athlete who compete in their events, 100m, 200m and the relays said he has recovered from an abdominal strain that forced him out of the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold at the Golden Spike in Ostrava, Czech Republic last Tuesday.

“I have had some time to rest following a series of races I have undertaken both locally and abroad, now my full focus is what awaits in Mauritius,” he said.

Meanwhile, Athletics Kenya President Jack Tuwei said that the Africa Senior Championships hosts, Mauritius, are ready to welcome the continent. He reminded the athletes of the importance of the continental event that will run for five days.

“Africa Senior Championships is a qualifying event for the World Championships and Commonwealth Games and those who have not attained the required mark should work for it,” said Tuwei.

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