Ferdinand Omanyala excited Kenya with his huge 100m last summer, chasing Trayvon Brommel in the Kip Keino Classic. Now, Ferdinand is competing on the World Indoor Tour and getting used to those sixty meter races. His 6.65 and 6.63 today, in Miramas, France, showed that the Kenyan sprinter could run much faster indoors and outdoors.
Ferdinand Omwura Omanyala ran 9.77 last summer, photo by Diamond League AG
Omanyala with Kenyan 60 m records
Ferdinand Omanyala, from February 2, 2022, photo from his twitter site
MIRAMAS (FRA, Feb 4): Young Cuban Leyanis Perez with 14.47 (her first ever indoor competition) beat in triple jump Olympic medalists Patricia Mamona 14.17 and Ana Peleteiro 14.15 at the Miramas Indoor meet (for first time WIT Bronze). Fastest African ever at the 100 m Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala debuted indoors with two national records, 6.65 in heats and 6.63 in the finals over 60 m. Home favorite Pascal Martinot-Lagarde won the 60 m hurdles in 7.63. Ida Kartoft from Denmark won women 200 m in national record and EL 23.25. Albanian record holder Luiza Gega won the 3000 m in 8:50.08 over Britain´s Izzy Fry 8:58.44. Last year European U20 champion Ed Faulds clocked in his 400 m race indoor PB 46.79 (10th best European U20 all-time), but Belgian Julien Watrin was faster in other race 46.77. Ossama Meslek running from Italy clocked indoor PB 3:40.04 to win the 1500 m ahead of Flavien Szot 3:40.78 (former star Mahiedine Mekhissi was 9th in 3:44.57). German Owen Ansah was the best in men´s 200 m 21.22, US Evonne Britton won the hurdles 8.15. Finnish record holder Simo Lipsanen topped triple jump 16.52 and Swiss record holder Loic Gasch the high jump 222. Decathlon star Kevin Mayer achieved 6.94 and 6.99 in 60 m and 15.15 in shot put.
Ferdinand Omanyala, Presser at KIp Keino Classic, Nairobi 2021, photo by Continental Tour