Kenya’s fastest runner, Ferdinand Omanyala, is gearing up for the upcoming Kip Keino Classic Continental Tour in Nairobi on May 13th, 2023.
Following his recent success at the Adidas Atlanta City Games, where he beat a 30-year-old African record with a time of 14.89 seconds in the 150m race, Omanyala is now set to break more records on his home turf. He has promised fans an exciting race and encourages them to come and witness history in the making.
Omanyala has already participated in four races this season, but it was not until his most recent competition in Botswana that he managed to break the ten-second barrier with a world-leading time of 9.78s in the 100m race.
He will face tough competition at the Kip Keino Classic, including America’s Kenny Bednarek, Canada’s Jerome Blake, and fellow Americans Marvin Bracy and Fred Kerley.
In a video posted on social media, Omanyala invited people to come and watch the race live, assuring them that the entrance is free and promising an incredible show.
He believes that this year he has to hit hard since he and his team are targeting the World Championships title later on.
The focus now shifts to the biggest athletics event in Kenya this year. You think you have seen me run fast??? No you haven't. Come to Kasarani stadium this weekend, 13th of May and see what fast means. Entry is free!! #contientaltour2023 #budapest2023 #sub970… pic.twitter.com/izDyjd52eS
— Ferdinand Omurwa OMANYALA (@Ferdiomanyala) May 8, 2023
Despite Omanyala’s initial disappointment when his world-leading time of 9.81 at the second Athletics Kenya weekend meet was disregarded due to wind issues, he has continued to work hard and improve.
Fans will be eager to see if he can beat his own record at the Kip Keino Classic and defend his crown from 2022 when he won with a time of 9.85s.