Africa’s Fastest Man Ferdinand Omanyala Suffers Rare Loss a Day After Heroics in 100m

Africa’s Fastest Man Ferdinand Omanyala Suffers Rare Loss a Day After Heroics in 100m

  • Omanyala’s dream of a treble in the ongoing championships came to an end on Saturday
  • The Kenyan, who secured two emphatic medals a day earlier, crashed out of the 200m race in the heats
  • He finished third in Heat 7 in 21.01 seconds as Letsile Tebego from Botswana won the heat in 20.48

Ferdinand Omanyala failed to replicate his superb form in the 100 metre race as he fell short of qualifications into the semis of the 200M race.

The African sprint champion had all eyes on him on day 4 of the 22nd edition of the Senior African Championships in Reduit, Mauritius, but fell short in the heats.

Omanyala finished third in heat number 7 with a time of 21.16 seconds, thereby failing to make it to the semis.

Omanyala, Mauritius
Unfortunately, it will not be a treble for Omanyala in the championships in Mauritius. Photo: Nation.
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Instead, it was World U20 100M champion, Letsile Tebogo, a Botswana, who won the heat after crossing the line in 20.48 seconds.

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Omanyala on his defeat

Speaking after the heats, Omanyala hinted that some fatigue could have played factor in his lowly finish.

“The body didn’t respond well...I just couldn’t fire. Perhaps some little bit of fatigue,” said Omanyala. “I will need some good recovery before focusing on the next races.” He said as quoted by Nation.

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Source: Sports Brief News