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Ferdinand Omanyala Profile
|Full Name||Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa|
|Education||Friends School Kamusinga|
|Age||26 years old|
|Date of Birth||January 2, 1996|
|Specialization||100 &200 metres|
|Ferdinand Omanyala O. G. W|
Ferdinand Omanyala Career
Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa is a sprinter from Kenya with a specialization in 100m and 200m. The African record holder was born on January 2, 1996, and began his athletics career after making a switch from rugby which he used to play while in high school after his trials to join the Kenya Sevens U-20 failed to materialize.
The end of his rugby career marked a new beginning which changed his fortunes completely. In the local events that he took part in, Omanyala lacked his equal as he won literally everything.
After his impressive performances, he caught the eye of Duncan Ayiemba an athletics coach who held his hand and attributed to his greater success. He has since gone against all odds to lift his country’s flag high given Kenya is known to dominate in the long-distance races.
During the 2016 National Olympics trials, he failed to qualify after finishing in a time of 10.37s as opposed to the Olympic standard time of 10.16s for one to qualify.
In the 2020 Summer Olympics, he qualified by clocking 10.02s and progressed to the semi-finals finishing in third place setting a national record of 10.00s, and becoming the first Kenyan to achieve such a milestone.
In September 2021 he set a new record as the fastest sprinter in Africa after running for 9.77s in the Kip Keino Classic Continental Tour that was held in Nairobi and finished in second place behind Trayvon Bromell of U.S.A(9.76).
On May 7, 2022, at Kasarani stadium, he won the Kip Keino Classic 100m race in 9.85 seconds ahead of Fred Kerley of U.S.A(9.92), Isaiah Young of U.S.A(10.13), Brunt Jese Hendricho of South Africa and Liberia’s Matidi Emmanuel.
Ferdinand Omanyala World Championship visa
Africa’s fastest man found himself in a race against time following a delay of his visa to travel to the U.S.A ahead of the World Championship. Until Thursday evening, the sprinter had not gotten his Visa causing panic over the possibility of missing the event. However, it was a sigh of relief as he jetted out of the country at 6pm after securing the visa. Omanyala thanked those who worked round the clock to ensure he got his visa to Oregon.
Ferdinand Omanyala Net worth
The sprinter’s net worth and value has risen over time and an analysis of his current value reveals that Omanyala has an estimated net worth of $150,000. The main source of his worth is his successful athletics career and sponsorship where he gets his earnings.
|Net Worth||€142,200/ £121,560 /$150,000|
Ferdinand Omanyala Family
Ferdinand Omanyala hails from Bungoma County in Kenya from a family of five. He is the third son of his parents Fred Omurwa and Shikanga Omurwa. He has two elder brothers and two others after him.
Ferdinand Omanyala Education
He began his primary education at his rural home. The athlete then went to Kamusinga high school where he loved sports and was taking part in rugby. He later joined the University of Nairobi for his undergraduate and enrolled for a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.
Ferdinand Omanyala tribe
Kenya has over 43 tribes. Omanyala comes from the Luyha tribes found in western Kenya. Both of his parents are from the Luhya community and his wife Mutavi too has roots in the same soil.
Ferdinand Omanyala Cars
The sprinter owns a Toyota Harrier which he was gifted by a betting company Odibet after winning the 2021 Kip Keino Classic. He could not hide his joy after receiving his dream car.
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Ferdinand Omanyala Wife
Ferdinand is married to Mutavi Luvandwa Laventa and with whom they have a son known as Quinton Finn. The two met in Nakuru, Kenya where they were taking part in a sporting event in 2016 representing different companies. They exchanged contacts and the rest as they say is history.
The two have been there for each other since then. Actually, at some point, she used to pay rent her rent and he also supported her in raising their son by nursing him after training so that she could go to work.
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Ferdinand Omanyala Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Ferdinand is available on social media platforms and you can get to know more about him by checking his accounts on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook using the below links;
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Ferdinand Omanyala record
Ferdinand Omanyala is currently the fastest human being in Africa and the 8th fastest in the world in the 100m sprint behind Usain Bolt of Jamaica (9.58), Tyson Gay of U.S.A (9.69), Yohan Blake of Jamaica (9.69), Asafa Powel of Jamaica (9.72), Justin Gatlin of U.S.A(9.74), Christian Coleman (9.76), and Trayvon Bromell of U.S.A(9.76).
Ferdinand Omanyala ban
With all the success he has achieved, Omanyala has also had his low moments in his career. In August 2017 Athletics Kenya imposed a 14 months ban on him restricting the sprinter from taking part in any sporting activity following a positive result of a prohibited substance by the Kenya Anti-doping Agency (ADAK)