Ferdinand Omanyala Sheds Light on His Police Officer Duties in Sitdown With Justin Gatlin

Ferdinand Omanyala Sheds Light on His Police Officer Duties in Sitdown With Justin Gatlin

Martin Moses
updated at May 10, 2024 at 6:34 AM
  • Ferdinand Omanyala has opened up on his role as a police officer
  • The fastest man in Africa graduated as a police constable in 2023
  • He is currently preparing for a second Olympic Games appearance

Ferdinand Omanyala has opened up on the other side of his life when he is not training or running in his sprint races.

The Kenyan has quickly grown to become a household sprint name on the continent and beyond.

His personal best time of 9.77 seconds is the fastest any African has ever run over 100 metres.

Ferdinand Omanyala, Justin Gatlin, World Athletics Championships, Paris 2024, police constable
Ferdinand Omanyala reacts before running in heat 2 of the 100m at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest. Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis.
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However, away from the public limelight of running championships, Omanyala is also a police officer, having joined the force in 2021. He graduated two years later as a police constable, as reported by Star Sports.

In a hilarious interview with former track star, Justin Gatlin, the 28-year-old disclosed how suspected criminals react when he, a famous person, arrests them.

"The problem is, you go and arrest someone but he wants to take a picture with you."

He is posted at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

Justin Gatlin's achievements

Gatlin is a retired American athlete who dominated the sprints before Usain Bolt. He won gold in the 100m at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. He is also a four-time world champion in different events and a two-time world indoor champion.

His last medal was a second-place finish behind compatriot, Christian Coleman, at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

His personal best in the 100m was 9.74 seconds - the fifth fastest time in the discipline of all time, according to World Athletics figures.

Omanyala, meanwhile, is getting ready to continue with his outdoor season after a not-so-good start so far.

He finished fifth at the 2024 Kip Keino Classic in Nairobi before lining up at the World Relays Championships in Nassau, Bahamas.

Team Kenya failed to secure direct qualification to the Paris 2024 Olympics in the two-day event.

Omanyala's coach: We are on track

Sports Brief has also previously reported that Omanyala's coach downplayed his results at the Absa Kip Keino Classic last month.

The African record holder finished in fifth, much to the disappointment of the home fans who at the Nyao National Stadium.

His coach, Geoffrey Kimani, moved to allay any fears, reiterating that they were on track with their plans ahead of the Olympics.

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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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