Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala has for the last few days been working on his morale.
Omanyala’s self-confidence took a hit after the 27-year-old failed to clinch a medal at the recently concluded World Athletics Championships in Budapest.
Kenyans had a lot of hope that Omanyala would win at least a medal if not finish top of his race. However, he finished Seventh clocking a time of 10.07.
He last posted pictures on X of himself visibly disappointed with a caption “Live to fight another day”
Nonetheless, Omanyala became the first Kenyan sprinter to reach the finals of the World Athletics Championships.
In June Omanyala received backing from former American four-time sprint champion Michael Johnson, Johnson in a tweet said.
“I believe Omanyala will be the first African to win a 100m World Champs medal. His muscular structure provides tremendous power, but do any coaches or sports science experts out there think it could limit his ability to sprint efficiently?”
United States’ Noah Lyles delivered on his promise by winning the men’s 100m world title in a world-leading time of 9.83 seconds.
Botswana’s Letsile Tebogo finished second making history by becoming the first African to medal in the event’s history.
According to Coach Duncan Ayiemba, Omanyala has been keeping a low profile lately to take stock before coming back stronger.
Ayiemba Agrees that indeed Omanyala will “live to fight another day”. The athlete will be Oregon in the United States for the Diamond League.
He hopes to redeem himself in the finals at the Prefontaine Classic on the 16th and 17th of September at Hayward Field.
In Budapest, the Commonwealth Games 100-meter champion revealed that his body wasn’t optimum.
” I don’t know what happened but my body just packed and we live to fight another day.”
According to Ayiemba the Athlete was declared quite fit after he underwent and passed the Body Mass Index test.
Thereby indicating that Omanyala’s performance was based on his Mental posture.
Many people have seen his bulky muscles as a limiting factor for an effective sprint but the test dismissed that.