Africa 100m record holder Ferdinand Omanyala got a chance to interact with President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga after winning the 100m race during the Kipkeino Classic-World Continental tour gold.
The race was held on Sunday, May 8.
According to a video widely shared on social media, Omanyala received a warm hug from Uhuru and Raila who were part of the audience witnessing the race.
After his historic win, the short distance runner walked to the dias where the Head of State was seated and interacted with him.
He was also congratulated by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, retired field and track runner Kipchoge Keino and Sports CS Amina Mohammed among others.
Speaking after his stunning performance, Omanyala said he was only interested in winning the race, further noting that the crowd charged him to go hard for the first position.
“I promised a show and I delivered. Today I just wanted to win. The time was not very important but I am also thankful that I set a good time
“The crowd played their role and they charged me to go for it. I am really pleased with this performance,” he said.
Being the fastest man in Africa, Omanyala, in an interview with Citizen TV, attributed his success in the 100m race to hard work and discipline.
“Training is hard, because you have to do everything to just run that 10 or 9 seconds. You have to have that mental strength and it’s a sport that requires a lot of discipline,” he said.
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