Africa’s Fastest Man Boldly Declares He Could Beat Usain Bolt in a Dash

Africa’s Fastest Man Boldly Declares He Could Beat Usain Bolt in a Dash

  • Ferdinand Omanyala has come out to say that can easily beat sprint legend Usain Bolt at the moment
  • Bolt retired in 2017 after leading a highly successful career that saw him win multiple races in the World Championships and the Olympics
  • Omanyala is on a steady rise having been crowned Africa's best as he aims to win titles at the Commonwealth Games and World Championships

Africa's fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala has boldly claimed that he could easily beat Usain Bolt at the moment.

Omanyala, who was recently crowned Africa's champion, said that given Bolt is currently enjoying his retirement, he would floor him in a race.

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Bolt remains to be the fastest man the world has ever seen. He set the quickest time in the 100 metres race in 2009 with a time of 9.58 seconds that no athlete has come close to breaking or equalling.

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The Jamaican is a multiple World and Olympic champion and retired in 2017. Omanyala meanwhile has taken the world by storm after putting in impressive and constant times since last year.

He is the holder of the season's fastest time after running 9.85 seconds at the Kip Keino Classic in Nairobi on May 7th. The 26-year-old floored Olympic Silver medalist Fred Kerley to cross the finish line first.

Marcell Jacobs, Ferdinand Omanyala, Fred Kerley, Kipkeino Classic.
Ferdinand Omanyala poses with Olympic medalists Marcell Jacobs and Fred Kerley ahead of the Kip Keino Classic. Photo by Tony Karumba.
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He afterwards headed to Mauritius earlier this month where he dethroned Akani Simbine and became the new African champion.

Speaking to SPM Buzz, Omanyala explained that his next targets are now the World Championships in Oregon and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

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Sports Brief had earlier reported that Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala had finally bagged his dream of becoming an African champion. Omanyala beat the outgoing champion Akani Simbine from South Africa in the ongoing Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Mauritius.

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It was a close call with Omanyala edging Simbine in what is called a photo-finish. The home hero crossed the line with 9.927 seconds to beat SImbine’s 9.930 in one of the closest races in history.

Despite Omanyala running a lower time than the Championship record set by Nigerian Sean Ogukonya in 1998, his record won’t be ratified cause it was wind-assisted.

Source: Sports Brief News