Faith Kipyegon, Ferdinand Omanyala Hilariously Argue Who Will Win a 400m Race, Video

Faith Kipyegon, Ferdinand Omanyala Hilariously Argue Who Will Win a 400m Race, Video

Martin Moses
updated at September 17, 2023 at 5:36 AM
  • Faith Kipyegon and Ferdinand Omanyala were involved in a hilarious debate ahead of the Diamond League finals
  • The two athletes argued about who would beat the other in a 400m race
  • Kipyegon is the best 1500m runner the world has ever seen, while Omanyala has gracefully climbed up the sprinting ladder over the years

Ferdinand Omanyala and Faith Kipyegon, alongside Eliud Kipchoge, are arguably the most famous Kenyan athletes of the Kenyan era.

Kipyegon and Kipchoge have elevated their disciplines, earning GOAT statuses over the years with mesmerising performances in the 1500m and the marathon, respectively.

Faith Kipyegon, Ferdinand Omanyala, Diamond League finals
Ferdinand Omanyala and Faith Kipyegon embrace during the Monaco Diamond League on July 21. Photo by Johnny Fidelin.
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Omanyala, on the other hand, has demystified the notion that Kenya doesn't have elite sprinters. The 27-year-old is the reigning African and Commonwealth champion alongside the fastest man in the continent.

His career has been on an upward trajectory since he made history at the rescheduled 2021 Tokyo Olympics and despite failing to rise to the occasion at the 2023 World Championships in Budapest, his place in the sprinting scene is safe.

Omanyala vs Kipyegon in a 400m race

Ahead of the Diamond League finals in Eugene, Kipyegon and Omanyala were filmed arguing who would beat the other over the 400m race in what makes for hilarious viewing.

Considering 400m is a mixture of sprinting and endurance, an art both athletes employ in their favourite events, there is no telling who would come out on top, but Omanyala is confident he would beat the triple world record holder.

"400? 400? You are joking with life. Even if I walk the last 100m..." Omanyala heartily said to Kipyegon in a video shared by Japanese journalist Ayako Oikawa.

The 27-year-old, however, seemed to change tune, requesting for 500m instead.

Both athletes went on to drop satisfactory performances, with Kipyegon adding another important win in the 1500m. Omanyala, meanwhile, clocked one of the biggest wins of his career by finishing third behind Christian Coleman and Noah Lyles.

Diamond League finals men's 100m report

Sports Brief had earlier reported that former World Champion Christian Coleman stunned Noah Lyles to win the 2023 Diamond League final in Eugene on September 16.

Kenya's hero and Africa's fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala finished third behind the Americans in his first-ever finals.

Coleman tied the world lead, clocking 9.83 seconds to beat Lyles' 9.85. Omanyala clocked a similar 9.85 but was adjudged to have been behind by a thousandth of a second by the photo-finish rule.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)
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