Kenyan sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala has been named Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) sports personality for September.
The 25-year-old received the award following his outstanding performance at the Kip Keino Classic continental tour where he smashed his national record and set a new African record of 9.77 seconds.
He finished second behind American Trayvon Brommell who won the race in 9.76 seconds, the fastest time in 2021 while former Olympic and World Champion Justin Gatlin was third in 10.03 seconds.
Speaking after receiving the award, Omanyala said that he feels honored to be recognized for his efforts.
“It’s such a great feeling winning this award. It’s something I’ve been eyeing since January. It’s so motivating seeing someone recognises your effort and I thank God for that,” Omanyala told the Standard Sports.
The record-breaking sprinter saw off competition from the late Agnes Tirop, Mercy Moim (Malkia Strikers Captain), Sharon Chepchumba (Best attacker- Malkia Strikers), Gladys Ekaru (Best blocker) and Noah Kibet (winner 800 metres at Kip Keino Classic) to clinch the award.
The win saw Omanyala Omanyala take home a customized trophy and an LG SolarDOM Oven worth Ksh65,000.
The new award comes days after Omanyala was feted as a national hero among 200 other Kenyans by President Uhuru Kenyatta on 20th October during the Mashujaa Day celebrations at Wanguru Stadium in Kirinyaga County.