Ferdinand Omanyala Breaks 100m National Record Twice at Tokyo Olympics

On Sunday, 1st Aug. 2021, Ferdinand Omayala, took his final bow at Tokyo Olympics 2021 with a record-breaking performance, clocking 10.00 seconds.

The 24-year old sprinter is the first Kenyan to ever qualify for the semi-finals in the 100m race.

In a nail-biting semi-final, Ferdinand finished third, behind Canada’s De Grasse and USA’s Fred Kerley.

Kenya At Tokyo Olympics 2021

Kenya is famous for excellent performance in Long distance races.

However, sprinters like Ferdinand Omanyala, and Mike Otieno are inspiring a new generation of athletes in the Country.

On his Instagram, Ferdinand wrote, “It has been by far the best championship I have ever run my whole life. I am even lost for words to express how I am feeling right now. Two National records (10.01/10.00) in two days, at the Olympic games. Beating my Idol. Running the eighth fastest time going into the finals. Thanks to the Almighty God. Thanks to the companies that came in to support this dream. Thanks to all the people who have been behind this performance. Cheers to second chances.

Long Distance Race At Tokyo Olympics 2021

Kenya still awaits a maiden medal at Tokyo Olympics 2021.

The medals drought is expected to be quenched later this afternoon, as Benjamin Kigen and Abraham Kibiwot, participate in Men’s 3000m steeplechase finals, starting at 3.15 pm.

Agnes Tirop and Lilian Kasait will also be taking part in the Women’s 5000m finals, starting at 3.40pm.