Africa’s Fastest Man Ferdinand Omanyala Set To Face Off With Childhood Idol Yohan Blake

Africa’s Fastest Man Ferdinand Omanyala Set To Face Off With Childhood Idol Yohan Blake

  • Omamyala will run against his idol Yohan Blake for the second time in his career when they meet in the Golden Spike Continental Tour Gold in Ostrava
  • The two met at the Tokyo Olympics semifinals where Omanyala was victorious in the 100 metres semifinals
  • The African record holder will be full of confidence after beating Fred Kerley at the Kip Keino Classic in Nairobi over the weekend

Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala will have the opportunity to compete against his childhood hero Yohan Blake. The two will face off at the Golden Spike Continental Tour meeting.

The meet will happen in Ostrava, Czech Republic at the end of the month. Omanyala will be hoping to do a double over Blake after beating him in the Tokyo Olympics last year. The two faced off in the semifinals of the men’s 100 metres races. Omanyala ran a time of 10 seconds to beat the Jamaican.

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Ferdinand Omanyala, Kip Keino Classic, African record holder
Ferdinand Omanyala reacts after winning the men's 100m event during the Kip Keino Classic at the Kasarani stadium. Photo by Tony Karumba.
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The 26-year-old is fresh from winning the Kip Keino Classic. He floored a star-studded field that included Olympic Silver medalist Fred Kerley. He ran a time of 9.85 seconds in front of an ecstatic and jubilant home crowd.

The Golden Spike meet will also see former African record holder Akani Simbine renew rivalries with Omanyala. Omanyala beat Simbine last month in the third leg of the ASA Athletics Grand Prix series in Germiston.

Omanyala is targeting a triple gold medal overhaul

The rugby player turned athlete will also have one eye on the Africa games that will be held in Mauritius next month. He has in the past mentioned that he will be gunning for a triple haul in the games. Omanyala intends to bag the 100 metres title, the 200 metres and the 4 by 100 metres in the African Athletics Championships.

According to All Africa, Omanyala quipped that now that he has the African record, it will be better to match it with the African title.’

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In the men's 800 metres, newly crowned Kip Keino classic champion Amos Wanyonyi will go head to head with Botswana international Nigel Amos, Olympic Bronze medalist Patryk Dobek from Poland and Amel Tuka from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Source: Sports Brief News