The Commonwealth Games 2022, seems to be an all-smooth affair for the Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala. The champion scooped a gold medal in the 100m men’s finals, beating the defending champion Akani Simbine of South Africa, becoming the first Kenyan to win the championship in 60 years.
Ferdinand, who was on record saying he is in the commonwealth to prove his worth, after failing in the Oregon competitions, indeed became as good as his word. He clocked a clean 10.02 seconds, just ahead of second placed Simbine at 10.13.
“Every challenge you face today makes you stronger tomorrow. The challenge of life is intended to make you better, not bitter. Persistence and resilience only come from having been given the chance to work through difficult problems. No matter how much falls on us, we keep moving,” the African champion said.
He admitted that he was under immense pressure to scale unprecedented heights but managed to contain the situation nonetheless. Having arrived in Birmingham days before the competition, the African champion was confident that he was going to bring gold home.
“There has been a lot of pressure and attention on me but I always say it's all on you. As humans, we tend to succumb to pressure in some situations but for me, I always say just smile, relax and everything else will fall in place,” he was quoted saying.
Kenyans were expecting no less of him, and indeed he has not disappointed us.
History has been made. Omanyala the great!