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African Record Holder Ferdinand Omanyala Yet to Leave for World Championships Due to Visa Issues
- 100 metres African champion and home hero Ferdinand Omanyala is still holed up in the country due to visa delays
- Omanyala is set to compete at the World Athletics Championships, which begins this Friday in Oregon, USA
- Omanyala is set to compete against a star-studded field that comprises reigning champions Christian Coleman, Trayvon Bromell, Fred Kerley, among others
Ferdinand Omanyala is still stuck in the country due to visa issues. Omanyala is part of the Kenyan contingent that is supposed to compete at the World Athletics Championships that start this Friday.
The 10-day-long-event will be held in Oregon in the United States of America. Even more disturbing is that Omanyala is supposed to compete on Friday in his 100 metres speciality.
The African champion took to his Instagram story to air his frustrations.
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Sad that I haven't travelled to Oregon yet and 100 metres is in 2 days. Visa delays.
Omanyala is hoping to add the prestigious World title to his impressive CV at the World Championships. He won the African title last month after dethroning South African Akani Simbine in Mauritius.
Prior to that, he had beaten Olympic Silver medallist Fred Kerley at the Kip Keino Classic in May. At the same event last year, the 26-year-old ran a time of 9.77 seconds to break the African record.
Eliud Kpchoge confirms he will participate at the Berlin Marathon
Sports Brief had earlier reported that Eliud Kipchoge had confirmed that he will be making a return to the Berlin Marathon this year. The road race will take place on September 25th.
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Kipchoge will be making a return to the city, where he set the marathon record in 2018 after running a time of 2:01.39.
In a video posted by Kipchoge on Twitter, the 37-year-old explained that Berlin had a special space in his heart. Kipchoge will be targeting a fourth victory in Berlin after triumphs in 2015, 2017 and 2018.
A win will take him level with Ethiopian legend Haile Gebresellasie who holds the record for most wins in Berlin.