Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa Runs 9.86 to Crush Kenyan 100m National Record
August 15, 2021
Kenyan sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa crushed his own Kenyan record in the 100m yesterday at the Josko Lauf Meeting in Austria, running 9.96 in the prelims and then 9.86 in the final. Prior to his run in Austria, Omanyala Omurwa was most known for nearly making the final at the Tokyo Olympics where he ran the previous Kenyan record of 10.00 in the semifinals but did not advance.
Ferdio Manyala becomes the first Kenyan to go sub10 as he runs a new national record of 9.86!! 😱🇰🇪
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— Jumpers World (@jumpers_world) August 14, 2021
According to this thread, Omanyala Omurwa is a former rugby player who started sprinting in 2017, and received a 14 month doping ban for the glucocorticoid betamethasone in 2018.Prior to this year his best for the 100m was a mediocre 10.32.
Omanyala Omurwa has rewritten then Kenyan sprinting record books this year. Sprinting standards in Kenya were pedestrian until this year. Prior to this year, the national record was 10.14 set by Mark Otieno Odhiambo in 2017 and no one else had ever run under 10.20. Otieno lowered the mark to 10.11 in April before Omanyala Omurwa took over. He ran 10.06 in May, then 10.02 at the Kenyan champs and 10.00 at the Olympics.
Otieno tested positive for an anabolic androgenic steroid at the Olympics and was not allowed to compete.
What a race.. what a time!!!
Congratulations Omanyala for opening the door for sprint event in Kenya.
Proud of you our hero. pic.twitter.com/IZFb0s6fOg
— David Rudisha (@rudishadavid) August 14, 2021