Ferdinand Omanyala Outlines Ambitious 2024 Paris Olympics Goals

Ferdinand Omanyala Outlines Ambitious 2024 Paris Olympics Goals

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at December 14, 2023 at 2:25 PM
  • The Paris 2024 Olympics is fast approaching
  • Kenyan sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala has big goals for the games
  • The 27-year-old will be participating in his second Olympic games

The 2024 Paris Olympics might be months away, but athletes are vigorously preparing for the games.

Kenyan sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala has been ramping up his training, and he has big goals for his second Olympic games.

Ferdinand Omanyala, 2024 Paris Olympics, Noah Lyles, Kenya, Faith Kipyegon, World Athletics
Ferdinand Omanyala finished 7th in the World Athletics Championships in August. Photo by Valerio Pennicino.
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Africa's fastest man reached the semi-finals of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and has solidified himself as one of the best sprinters of his generation in the last few years.

However, he underwhelmed in the 2023 World Athletics Championships in August where he finished second last in a time of 10.07.

This year he clocked 10:05, 9.98, 9.92 and 9.85 in the Diamond League. He won the 100m in the Monaco Diamond League and finished second twice.

Omanyala discloses 2024 plans

The Kenyan sprint star recently disclosed what he plans to do in the 2024 Paris Olympics.

I'm really looking towards competing and qualifying for the 200m at the Paris Olympic Games. That's the event I'm going to push for next season since my knee is okay. I am more agile and my hips are flexible," via Daily Nation.

The Commonwealth Games champion has a personal best of 20.33 seconds in the distance. He will need to run 200m in 20.16 seconds or faster to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

If he qualifies he will go head to head with world champions Noah Lyles, African 200m champion Letsile Tebogo and Olympic champion Andre De Grasse.

Omanyala will also face the same athletes in the 100m. He will be 28 during the 2024 Olympics, meaning it could be his last chance to win an Olympic medal.

Omanyala 3rd in Diamond League final

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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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.