Ferdinand Omanyala Headlines Kenyan Team for World Athletics Indoor Championships

Ferdinand Omanyala Headlines Kenyan Team for World Athletics Indoor Championships

Edwin Kiplagat
February 28, 2024 at 10:20 AM
  • Kenya will take part in the World Athletics Indoor Championships
  • The event, set to be hosted in Glasgow, will feature 651 athletes
  • Ferdinand Omanyala is part of Kenya's team of 12 top athletes

Team Kenya will be well-represented at the 2024 World Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow between March 1 and 3.

The fastest man in Africa, Ferdinand Omanyala, will headline Kenya's team, which is made up of 12 athletes.

Ferdinand Omanyala, Kenya, Beatrice Chepkoech, Noah Kibet, Noah Lyles, Christian Coleman, 2024 World Athletics Indoor Championships
Kenya's Ferdinand Omanyala is looking to win his first medal at the World Athletics Indoor Championships. Photo by Jewel Samad.
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The Kenyan team will be looking to improve their performance this time around. At the 2022 edition in Belgrade, the East African nation took home just two silver and bronze medals.

Kenya will face tough competition from perennial rival Ethiopia in several events. So, who makes up the Kenyan team?

Team Kenya at Glasgow

60m men

Ferdinand Omanyala

The Kenyan sprinter has won his two 60m indoor races this season. On February 11, he set a national record of 6.51 seconds in France, per Capital Sports.

In the 2022 edition, Omanyala failed to get past the men's 60m semi-finals and finished fourth. He will face Noah Lyles and Christian Coleman. Olympic 100m champion, Lamont Marcell Jacobs, is the defending champion.

Coleman is the current world record holder. he clocked 6.34 seconds in Albuquerque to shatter Maurice Greene's world record set in 1998.

4 x 400 Metres Relay

Zablon Ekwam will represent Kenya's only relay team at the event, alongside Wiseman Were, Boniface Mweresa, and Kelvin Tauta. Kenya didn't have a relay team at the 2022 edition.

800m men

Noah Kibet and Collins Kipruto will participate in the men's 800m, per World Athletics. Kibet took silver in Belgrade, while Kipruto was eliminated in the heats. Spaniard Mariano Garcia won the race with a time of 1:46.20.

Kenya's David Rusisha holds the outdoor world record set at the 2012 Olympics in London. Denmark's Wilson Kipketer holds the indoor world record of 1:42.67.

1,500m men

Vincent Keter will be the only representative in this distance. In Belgrade, Abel Kipsang took bronze in this race, won by Samuel Tefera in a championship record time of 3:32.77.

3,000m women

Kenyan will be represented by world 3,000m steeplechase champion, Beatrice Chepkoech, and Teresiah Muthoni. In Belgrade, Kenya's only representatives in the distance, Beatrice Chebet and Edinah Jebitok, finished 10th and 14th, respectively.

800m women

Vivian Chebet and Naomi Korir will run the two-lap race for the East African athletics giants. Korir finished last in her heat in Belgrade. Chebet is taking part in her first major indoor event.

Omanyala sets new record

Sports Brief previously reported that Omanyala stormed to victory at the Paris Indoor Tour on Sunday, February 11.

The sprinter broke his national record again, running 6.51 seconds to finish ahead of Emmanuel Matadi in the 60m.

Matadi used 6.57 seconds to finish in second place behind Omanyala, with Azu Jeremiah third with 6.59 seconds.

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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.