After a stellar season in which he broke the national record for 100m four times, Ferdinand Omanyala was finally feted as the LG/SJAK Sports Personality for the month of September.
In a brief ceremony on Tuesday, October 26 at the LG’s offices at Riverside, Omanyala said he is elated by the award, which he has been angling for since the beginning of the year.
“I have been eyeing this award since January this year and 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 recognised,” he said.
Omanyala began his season on a high note, clocking 10.01 at the national trials for the Tokyo Olympics. He went a step further at the quadrennial games when he timed 10.00 at the semi-finals of the men’s 100m during which he narrowly missed out on the finals.
With the experience and energy garnered from Tokyo, he was soon on the prowl for another feather to his cap. At the International Josko Running Meeting in Andorf, Austria in late August, Omanyala clocked 9.96 and 9.86 in the semis and finals respectively to twice set a new national record.
He followed up that impressive outing with a commendable fourth place finish at his Diamond League debut in Brussels, Belgium after timing 10.02. A 9.77 African record on home soil during the Kip Keino Classic in September – during which he finished third in the men’s 100m – was the perfect icing on the cake of what has been an unforgettable year for the Kitale-born.