- It was the first time the sprinter had run sub-10 seconds competitively.
- Khalwale advices Omanyala to be careful, lest he is stopped with fake doping claims.
Ferdinand Omanyala has finally run the 100m race in under 10 seconds. He won the International Josko Luaf Meet in Austria yesterday in 9.86 seconds. In the run up to the finals of this race, Omanyala had posted his first sub-10 seconds time of 9.96 seconds.
“Somebody tell me am not dreaming!!!!!!,” he tweeted after the victory. “This will sink in years later.”
Omanyala, 25, reached the semi-final stage of the 100m sprint at the recently-concluded Tokyo Olympics. He run in a time of 10.00 seconds. The Gold medal went to Italian Lamont Marcell Jacobs who posted 9.80 seconds.
Fred Kerley of the U.S.A was second (9.84) while Canadian Andre De Grasse run in 9.89.
In the Austria run, the University of Nairobi student beat Jamal Rhoden-Stevensw of Great Britain (10.32 sec.) and Adam Raska of Czech Republic (10.82 sec.).
Accolades for Omanyala
Kenyans have congratulated the sprinter on his new record. “CONGRATULATIONS!!,” says former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale. “From now on be very alert. What u eat, what u drink, what medicines u take. They might attempt to stop u with fake steroids claims. Go, go…”
“What a race.. what a time!!! Congratulations Omanyala for opening the door for sprint event in Kenya. Proud of you our hero,” said David Rudisha, Olympian and World Champion, and world record holder in the 800 metres.