Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa, (born 2 January 1996) is a Kenyan sprinter who specializes in the 100m and 200m events.
He bravely made the switch from rugby to track and only a few weeks later he ran a time of 10.4s in his first AK meet in Kakamega. The same year, he won the national Olympics trials over the 100m distance in a time of 10.37s but never met the qualifying standard for the Olympics which was 10.16s at the time.
Omanyala served a 14-month doping ban in 2017 after returning a positive drugs test for a banned substance, which he says was in a painkiller he took. It took him only 47 steps to take down the African record in Kasarani last week at the Kip Keino Classic, running a time of 9.77 seconds.
He wrapped up the season with an electric performance – a new African record that came with a Sh3.5 million car gifted to him by a betting company.
And, after promising to take care of his longtime girlfriend, Laventer Mutavi, who stood by him when he was financially down, Omanyala says he wants to “treat the love of my life”.
He is currently the African record holder and 8th fastest man of all-time in the 100 metres after clocking a time of 9.77 on 18th Sep 2021 in Nairobi.
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