- 100m African record holder Ferdinand Omanyala has signed a sponsorship deal with global sports brand Adidas
- Omanyala disclosed the company would now cater for his travels and accommodation
- The athlete, who was struggling for deals before his big break in 2021, will also receive bonuses on gold medals won and any records broken
Kenyan sprint king Ferdinand Omanyala has penned a lucrative four-year sponsorship deal with apparel company Addidas.
Omanyala, who recently gained the title of the fastest man in Africa, is hoping the new deal will fuel his ambition to soar to greater heights on the tracks.
Speaking on Tuesday, January 25, the sprinter disclosed the deal was worth a considerable amount of money and would run for three years, with a possibility to extend.
He also did not hold back in giving details of the new deal, saying:
“Adidas came in and gave me a good deal and they are going to support me for the next four years with kitting, travelling money and everything possible for me to run with peace of mind,”
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“This is such a big deal for me because when I joined the sport I was always looking forward to sign a contract and I never knew I would sign with Adidas. This is the best thing to happen to me and it is a dream come true for me because they are the best.”
The athlete’s success in the 100 metres forte has inspired him to stretch his limits and try out the 200m.
At the start of 2021, very little was known about Omanyala.
But that all started to changed in the build up to the delayed Tokyo games, where he showed a lot of promise.
At the Tokyo Olympics, Omanyala reached the semis, missing out on the finals by a whisker.
But he did not stop there as his good form and momentum saw him become the first Kenyan to run the 100m in under 10 seconds by clocking 9.86secs in a race in Austria.
His biggest and most recognizable record was however yet to come as he impressively ran 100 metres in 9.77secs at the Kip Keino Classic, thereby becoming the fastest man in the continent.