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Kenya: Lightning Fast Omanyala Floors Strong Field to Be Named August Sportsperson of the Month


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.