President Kenyatta Congratulates Omanyala For Winning 100M Gold

The President in a statement on Tuesday termed Omanyala's global win of the 100m dash as a groundbreaking achievement for Kenya

President Uhuru Kenyatta has congratulated Africa’s 100m sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala on winning Kenya’s first gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, which are currently underway.

The President in a statement on Tuesday termed Omanyala’s global win of the 100m dash as a groundbreaking achievement for Kenya, an athletics powerhouse that’s not renown for prowess in short races.

“It was super exciting to watch Ferdinand win the 100m dash in style and earn our country her first gold medal in Birmingham. His win is a groundbreaking achievement not just for Ferdinand but for the whole of Kenya’s athletics because he has excelled in a domain that’s not traditionally ours,” Uhuru tweeted.

Omanyala dethroned defending champion and rival Akani Simbine from South Africa after clocking 10.02 second in the finals of the 100m on Wednesday, August 3, 2022.

At the same time, President Kenyatta congratulated Betty Chelangat and Reynold Cheruyiot for winning Kenya gold in women’s 3000m and men’s 1500m respectively at the ongoing World Under-20 Championships in Cali, Colombia.