Ferdinand Omanyala got his season off to a winning start on Friday, January 4 at the Miramas Indoor Meet in France – a World Athletics Indoor Tour Bronze event.
It was the African 100m record holder’s indoor debut, and he did not disappoint. Participating in he 60m final, Omanyala finished first clocking 6.63s – a new national 60M record and also a stadium record.
He actually set and broke his own national record on the same night as he ran times of 6.65 and 6.63 in the 60m heat and the final respectively.
Notably, it was also Omanyala’s first race since his deal with Adidas announced in January 2022. The young sensation was kitted out in Adidas as he zoomed past the competition to win the race.
The four-year deal with Adidas covers his kitting, traveling expenses and winning bonuses.
Omanyala had revealed ahead of the race his intention to use the 60m race to improve his starting of 100m races. Omanyala has his sights set on eventually breaking the world record held by Jamaica’s Usain Bolt.
“During my two months of training, I have been focusing a lot on block starts because I am trying to perfect my start.”
“If I can perfect my skill in the first 50m, then I can cut a few seconds of my time because I have a very good acceleration in the last 50m. Definitely I can run faster than 9.77secs,” he stated.
Omanyala in 2021 became the first Kenyan to make it to the semifinals of the 100M in the Olympics during the Tokyo Games. Later, he set the African record in Nairobi at the Kip Keino Classic when he finished second clocking 9.77 seconds.
In January 2022 he was crowned Best Sportsman of the Year at the 2021 SOYA gala.