Jamaican Sprint Legend Hails Omanyala as Next Big Thing

  • An Undated Image of Kenyan Sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala.
    Kenyan Sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala posing for a photo during his trials at Moi International Sports Center, Kasarani in August 2020.
  • Jamaican sprint legend, Yohan Blake has lauded Kenyan sprint sensation Ferdinand Omanyala for his recent form, which saw him break records in the 100-meter category.

    Blake acknowledged the Kenyan athlete's gift and natural talent and urged him to forge ahead with a winning mentality. 

    He pointed out that Omanyala's best days are still ahead of him, only if he keeps up with the same pace and momentum. 

    Ferdinand Omanyala competes in 100m heat during the second leg of Athletics Kenya (AK) Relay
    Ferdinand Omanyala competes in 100m heat during the second leg of Athletics Kenya (AK) Relay

    "I love how you are running, and I can only wish you the best and guarantee you can achieve anything you want. The sky is the limit," Blake stated.

    The two athletes enjoy a mutual relation, with Omanyala hailing Blake as his mentor since his days as an amateur sprinter.

    The two squared off during the 100-meter Heats in the just concluded Tokyo Olympics 2020- a race that saw Omanyala shatter the glass ceiling by defeating his mentor.

    The Kenyan athlete smashed the national record by clocking 10.00 seconds and scooping third place while Blake finished a distance sixth (10 seconds and 14 microseconds).

    "Blake has been my hero and running against him at the Olympics before going on to win was a dream come true, and now a motivation ahead of the diamond league will be my inspiration going forward,” Omanyala stated during a previous interview.

    Blake is regarded as the second-fastest man in the 100 meters and 200-meter races after Jamaican legend Usain Bolt.

    Blake broke the world record in the 2011 World Championships by scooping gold and becoming the youngest 100 meter champion in history at 21 years of age.

    Further, Blake has scooped numerous medals in both categories in the Olympics and international events. 

    Omanyala stated that he has his eyes set on the upcoming Diamond League event to be held in Zurich in September, where he looks to surpass his mentor and prove to the world that he is a cut above the rest.

    Jamaican sprinters Yohan Blake (left) and Usain Bolt
    Jamaican sprinters Yohan Blake (left) and Usain Bolt