What Omanyala, Wanyonyi Earned in 2023 Diamond League Season

What Omanyala, Wanyonyi Earned in 2023 Diamond League Season

Edwin Kiplagat
September 19, 2023 at 12:03 PM
  • Ferdinand Omanyala and Emmanual Wanyonyi had a great 2023 athletics season
  • They both performed well in the Diamond League, including the final last weekend
  • The two Kenyan athletes won tens of thousands of dollars for these performances

The 2023 Diamond League season is done and dusted. This year, we witnessed epic performances, world records, and upsets, making it one of the most memorable track and field events.

Kenyan stars, Ferdinand Omanyala and Emmanuel Wanyonyi were regulars in this year's Diamond League, taking part in several meets and the final at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, USA.

Ferdinand Omanyala, Noah Lyles, Marco Arop, Christian Coleman, Diamond league final, Emmanuel Wanyonyi
Omanyala and Wanyonyi will carry Kenya's flag at the 2024 Olympics. Photos by Johnny Fidelin/Icon Sport and Christian Petersen.
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The best track and field athletes battled each other in 14 meets, including the final. Moreover, the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest was sandwiched between the meets, offering fans great entertainment.

The athlete of the season is undoubtedly Faith Kipyegon. The Kenyan superstar broke three world records in 51 days before winning two gold medals in Budapest last month.

Omanyala's Diamond League season

Omanyala started his Diamond League season in Rabat on May 28 with a third-place finish behind former world champion, Fred Kerley and South Africa's Akani Simbine. He clocked 10.05 seconds.

His next Diamond League 100m race was at the Golden Gala in Rome/Florence on June 2. He finished second, clocking 10.05 behind Kerley. American, Tryvon Brommel finished third.

Omanyala took part in the Paris meet and finished second again on June 9. He clocked 9.98 seconds behind eventual 100m world champion, Noah Lyles.

The Kenyan's first-ever Diamond League win came at the Monaco meet on July 21. The 27-year-old athlete clocked 9.92 seconds, narrowly beating Botswana's Letsile Tebogo.

Omanyala was underwhelming in Budapest. Many expected him to at least get to the podium, but it wasn't to be. He finished seventh in the race which Noah Lyles won.

In the Diamond League final on September 16, Africa's fastest man finished third after clocking 9.85 seconds behind Christian Coleman and Lyles.

Every winner in a series gets $10,000, second-placed athletes get $6,000, and third gets $3,500. The winner in the Diamond League final gets $30,000, the second gets $12,000, and the third gets $7,000.

After participating in four meets and the final, Omanyala made a total of $36,000. In Kenyan shillings, he took home a total of 5,292,386 (1USD=146.94KES). He earned more money in Budapest and other athletics meets like the Continental Tour Gold and Silver events.

Incredible season for Wanyonyi

Wanyonyi's 2023 season was spectacular. At 19, he is a world silver medalist and a Diamond League champion.

In the 2023 season, he won four Diamond League races, including the final on September 17 in Eugene. He also won in Rabat, Paris, and Xiamen. He finished eighth in Monaco.

In the final, he clocked 1:42.80, a meeting record, world lead, and his personal best. He beat his perennial opponent, Marco Arop, who beat him in Budapest.

Therefore, he won a total of $70,500. When converted to Kenyan shillings, it is 10,363,547.

What Omanyala earned in Budapest

Sports Brief earlier reported on what Omanyala earned after finishing seventh in the men's 100m in Budapest.

The 27-year-old clocked 10.07 seconds and despite a good start, he didn't have the top-end speed others had.

Omanyala took home $6,000 following his disappointing performance, working out to the total of KSh 865,760.

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