Africa’s fastest 100m sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala has been on a winning streak off the tracks as he was crowned the sportsman of the year award at the just concluded Sports Personality of the Year Awards (Soya).
Taking to the podium to receive his award, a gleeful Omanyala said, “It means a lot to me and makes me happy. It shows that people appreciate what I have been doing. When journalists come together and decide to give this award to me, it is really motivating.”
The much-anticipated fete that attracted brilliant sports personalities from across the country was held at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega.
Omanyala, who also holds the African 100m record at 9.77 seconds, got words of wisdom from Eliud Kipchoge after his win.
“My small piece of advice to him (Omanyala) is to treat the sport as a profession. Above all, he should have character, education and support. I believe he already has them and these three things will drive him through to the next 15 years,” Kipchoge said.
Eliud Kipchoge was also recognized at the event for his consistent and superb performances over the years.
Olympic 1500m champion and 2021 Diamond League trophy winner Faith Chepng’etich Kipyegon took home the best sportswoman of the year title.
“It is a special feeling to be recognized at home and to know that people appreciate you. I last won a SOYA award in 2012 as the most promising sportsperson and so it is great to win it again. I want to inspire the upcoming generations and this award helps me to do that,” she said.