President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulates emerging Kenyan sprinter, Ferdinand Omanyala, following athlete's pulsating win of the 100m race at the ASA Athletics Grandprix 4 in Germiston, South Africa KossyDerrickBlog KossyDerrickEnt

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulates emerging Kenyan sprinter, Ferdinand Omanyala, following athlete's pulsating win of the 100m race at the ASA Athletics Grandprix 4 in Germiston, South Africa

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that President Uhuru Kenyatta has congratulated emerging Kenyan🇰🇪 sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala following the athlete's pulsating win of the 100m race at the ASA Athletics Grandprix 4 in Germiston, South Africa. (Read More Here).


State Kenya confirms: "1/2 President Uhuru Kenyatta has congratulated emerging Kenyan🇰🇪 sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala following the athlete's pulsating win of the 100m race at the ASA Athletics Grandprix 4 in South Africa on Wednesday.

"2/2 @Ferdiomanyala, Africa's fastest sprinter, won the race with this season's best time of 9.98 seconds beating Commonwealth Games champion South African Akani Simbine who finished second at the event held at Germiston Stadium in Johannesburg🇿🇦."

It was a powerful run on a chilly night where the small crowd was also treated by 100m hurdler Marioné Fourie, who finally dipped under 13 seconds in the women’s 100m hurdles, and Clarence Munyai, who dominated a classy 200m line-up. 

The clash between Simbine and Omanyala had been billed as the main attraction of the two-hour show.

But he’s looking at getting the better of Simbine at the African championships in June, the world championships in July and the Commonwealth showpiece in August. 

“I have the African record, but I don’t have any titles. I need titles,” he said, adding he was looking at breaking his mark.

“Definitely. Last year this time I was running 10.1. Now I’m on 9.9. I’m looking forward to getting to 9.6,” added Omanyana, eighth on the all-time list.

Only three men in history have gone under 9.7 — Usain Bolt (9.58), Tyson Gay (9.69) and Yohan Blake (9.69).  

Fourie, whose 12.86 effort in March was scuppered by an illegal tail wind, finally dipped under 13 seconds for real on Wednesday, clocking 12.93 to win by almost a full second ahead of her nearest rival. 

Munyai was in control from early in the men’s 200m, easily winning the race in 20.33 sec, ahead of Benjy Richardson (20.67) and Botswana’s evergreen competitor Isaac Makwala (20.89).

“I came out to do what we’d planned to execute in the race,” said Munyai. “I’m quite happy with the time — 20.33 in this cold. I’ll take it. 

“My drive phase was perfect, my transition coming into the curve was perfect.”

Wenda Nel got the better of last’s week winner Taylon Bieldt in the 400m hurdles, winning in 55.88. 

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