Sprinter Omanyala breaks another record in Austria

Saturday, August 14th, 2021 18:44 | By
Ferdinand Omanyala crosses the finishing line to win a past local race. Photo/PD/DAVID NDOLO

Kenyan sprinter and Olympian Ferdinand Omanyala is not stopping at anything as he tries to run a sub 10:00 second in the 100 metres.

Omanyala posted a 9:86 impressive timing in the Austria Josko Laufmeeting in Austria to secure the first position in the finals of the 100 metres race.

The Kenyan sprinter has been setting and breaking his own records at will, and it remains unclear how far he can go.

Prior to the Austria opening, Omanyala’s fairy-tale finished third in his heat, after clocking an impressive 10.00 seconds, a new National Record at the just concluded Olympic Games in Tokyo.

In an interview with People Daily Digital, Omanyala expressed his desire to compete in the Diamond League as he seeks to showcase his talent and speed to the world.

The Kenyan sprinter not shying away from declaring his best is yet to come with his eyes set on a podium finish in the Diamond League.

‘’My aim is to compete at the Diamond League and hopefully record a sub 10:00, that would be a dream achieved for me after the Olympic Games,’’ Omanyala said

The Diamond League is an annual series of elite track and field athletic competitions, comprising fourteen of the best invitational athletics meetings.

The winner in each discipline at the final is awarded a Diamond League Trophy and 30,000 USD in prize money, an equivalent of 3,279,000.00 Kenyan Shilling.

Omanyala’s exploits in Nigeria, at the National Trials at Kasarani, and at the Olympics respectively in Tokyo has caught the national psyche, making him a new hero and beckon of hope heading into future assignments.

Soon after Austria, Omanyala will travel to Finland on the 19th August 2021 for the Motonet Grand Prix Helsinki as he looks to counter his pace and exploits.

“I’ve always wanted to change the notion that Kenyans can’t sprint, and I’m glad it’s clear, heading forward I need to work on foul starts and how I run in the first 50 m, which are my areas of weakness as areas that cost me at the Olympics,” Omanyala added.

The new set time in Austria sees Omanyala surpass his national record of 10.01 a fête that elevated him to new heights with the sprinter now ranked among the top 10 sprinters of the distance, at ninth in the world.

Omanyala's hunger for sub-10.00 seconds remains clear, considering the world record is 9.58 seconds, set by Jamaican legend Usain Bolt in the 2009 IAFF World Championship.

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