Nairobi – Kenya’s sensational sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala was named LG Sport’s Personality in September.
Omanyala achieved the feat after his outstanding performance at the Kenyan round of the prestigious World Athletics Continental Tour Gold Series 2021, Kip Keino Classic, where he broke his own national record and set a new African record of 9.77 seconds.
This happened after he finished second in the 100 m, which the American Trayvon Bromell won in a world lead time of 9.76 seconds, while the former Olympic and world champion Justin Gatlin came third in 10.03 seconds.
“I’ve been nominated for this award many times and I’m happy to win it today. It’s always good to be appreciated at home for what you do. I thank LG and SJAK for thinking about athletes, it means a lot because our efforts are recognized, “said a happy Omanyala, who was accompanied by his wife Laventer Amutavi.
He added, “I’m training hard and working to perfect my start because next year I’ll be competing for the big boys. We have a lot of events like the Commonwealth Games, World Championships, African Championships and I’m sure I’ll get better times. “
For his part, William Kamore, LG Electronics’ content manager East Africa, congratulated the Starrunner and said he was a living example of how the country wants to leave its mark in sprints.
“Kenya has always dominated medium and long distance running. Omanyala’s impressive heights at Kip Keino Classic will no doubt motivate a generation of runners to take on the breakneck 100-meter challenge on a continental and global scale.”
He added: “Sadly, I am also taking this opportunity to support the family of our September nominee Agnes Tirop, who was buried last week. As a company, we pride ourselves on being part of an initiative that rewards excellence. Partnering with SJAK goes a long way towards appreciating the talent of athletes while empowering them to be the backbone of the sport in the country. “
With the coveted monthly award, Omanyala won an LG SolarDOM oven worth Ksh 65,000, a 3-in-1 oven that is used for heating, grilling and baking.
To win the September Award, Omanyala defeated other top nominees, including the late Agnes Tirop, who set a world record of just 10 km of 30:01 minutes at the Adizero Road To Records meeting in Germany, 28 seconds from the had cut the previous world record.
Other nominees were Malkia Striker’s captain Mercy Moim, who was the best receiver at the CAVB Women’s African Nations Championship in Rwanda, where Kenya took silver after losing to long-time rivals Cameroon.
Sharon Chepchumba, the best attacker, Gladys Ekaru, the best blocker, and Noah Kibet, who won the 800 meter race at the Kip Keino Classic with a time of 1: 44.97, were the other nominees.
Omanyala joins the growing list of winners to win the monthly LG award, including tennis star Angela Okutoyi (January), basketball player Tylor Okari from Kenya Moran (February) boxer Elly Ajowi (March), marathon world champion Ruth Chepng ‘ etich (April), Milan marathon winner Titus Ekiru (May), World Rally Championship (WRC), Safari Rally WRC3 winner Onkar Rai (June), Victoria Reynolds (July) and Faith Kipyegon (August).