Nairobi — Commonwealth and African 100m champion Ferdinand Omanyala has been named the LG/Sports activities Journalists Affiliation of Kenya (SJAK) sportsperson of the month for July after his scintillating run in Birmingham.
The 26-year-old star dash king turned the primary ever Kenyan in 60 years to win the Commonwealth Video games title on August 3.
Omanyala clocked 10.02 seconds to limit defending champion Akani Simbine from South Africa to second place in 10.13 sec.
“I’m actually delighted to have received this award not simply this time however for the second time. I need to thank LG and SJAK for this gesture as a result of it’s at all times an encouragement for different sportsmen to maintain working onerous,” Omanyala instructed Capital Sport after receiving the award.
He added; “I need to preserve successful it and subsequent 12 months I promise I’ll win extra.”
For his troubles, Omanyala was awarded with an LG synthetic clever 8kg washer retailing at Sh105,000, and was together with his spouse who was all jolly after being relieved of the duties, courtesy of the award.
In being named August’s greatest, he beat Kenya Sevens star Billy Odhiambo who breached the 100-try mark on the Los Angeles Sevens, Mary Moraa who received bronze on the World Championships and the Commonwealth 800m title in addition to Paralympian Hellen Wawira who claimed bronze within the para-power lifting competitors additionally in Birmingham.
Double 1500m World Champion Religion Kipyegon was additionally within the listing of nominees having run the second quickest time in historical past on the Monaco leg of the Diamond League.
Different nominees included netball participant Beatrice Bucho, Jackline Chepkoech for successful the 3000 Metres Steeplechase Gold on August 5 on the Commonwealth Video games, Faisal Aden of Fairness basketball staff and Religion Chetotich for successful the 3000 Metres Steeplechase gold on the World Athletics U20 Championships in Pascual Guerrero Stadium.
“LG has been actively supporting the identification and recognition of sporting expertise in Kenya via a partnership with SJAK. The aim of this award is to acknowledge distinctive Kenyan sportsmen and girls for his or her achievements throughout various disciplines every month and in addition to suggest our dedication to contribute to the event of sport within the nation,” mentioned Advertising Supervisor LG East Africa Changhyun Kim, in an announcement learn by the Advertising and Communications boss Maureen Kemunto.
SJAK President Chris Mbaisi, on his half, thanked LG for his or her continued help over the previous eight years.
“With the month-to-month award, we’re seeing a rising variety of upcoming and proficient sports activities personalities amongst them Angela Okutoyi who received the Wimbledon Open Junior class and received this award for a report thrice. Rewarding sportsmen and girls is a is a crucial step in the direction of whipping up the lovers of sports activities personalities throughout all disciplines,” he mentioned.