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Ferdinand Omanyala: Kenyan Sprint Sensation Joins National Police Service
- Omanyala now joins a pool of elite athletes in the police service including the likes of David Rudisha, Joshua Kamworor, Vivian Cheruiyot, and Julius Yego
- The announcement was made on Friday, December 3, with Omanyala promising to give his best on the track
- The sprinter recently clocked an impressive African best time of 9.77 seconds, breaking the 9.85 seconds record by South African Akuni Sembine
Kenyan sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala is officially a member of the National Police Service.
Omanyala, who only recently earned the title of the fastest man in Africa met up with Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai as the National Police Service announced the new development.
“Voila! Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa, Africa’s 100m record holder and Kenya’s sensational sprinter has joined the National Police Service. The 25-year-old athlete has taken up a new role that will see him represent the National Police Service and the country in future track events,” a tweet from the National Police Service read.
IG Mutyambai called on the sprinter to maintain his discipline to remain at the very top for as long as possible.
On his part, Omanyala thanked the government for the support, promising to offer his best on the tracks.
"It is an honour to serve the National Police Service and I promise to give my best as an athlete... I also understand that there is life after sprinting," he said.
Omanyala has had quite the eventful 2021, and it all started with his success on the tracks.
The second-year Bachelor of Science student at the University of Nairobi first gained some serious recognition on the tracks in March, when he clocked 10.01 seconds at the 'Making of Champions (MOC) Grand Prix' in Nigeria.
This feat meant he met the qualification for the delayed Tokyo Olympics, where he finished third in the semis once again with a time of 10.01 seconds.
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South African Akuni Sembin
He followed up his impressive showing at the Olympics by clocking a personal best at the International Josko Laufmeeting, Andorf Austria 2021, clocking 9.86 seconds.
The world was yet to see the best of Omanyala, despite his impressive performances which only seemed to get better with time.
At the Kip-Keino Classics in September, he became the fastest man in Africa, clocking 9.77 at the Kasarani stadium to break the 9.85 seconds record by South African Akuni Sembine.
Timothy Cheruiyot promoted
In August, Timothy Cheruiyot who won silver during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has earned a promotion after his spectacular performance at the Summer Games.
Cheruiyot finished second behind Norway's Ingebrigtsen Jakob to earn a silver medal in the 1500m.