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Kenyan Sprint star Omanyala scoops Sports Personality for September Award

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Kenya’s sensational sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala has been named the Sport’s Personality for the month of September.

Omanyala achieved the feat following his stellar performance at the Kenyan round of the prestigious 2021 World Athletics Continental Tour Gold Series, Kip Keino Classic where he smashed his own National Record and setting a new African Record of 9.77 Secs.

This is after he finished second in the 100m that was won by American Trayvon Bromell in a World Lead time of 9.76 Secs while former Olympic and World Champion Justin Gatlin was third in 10.03 Sec.

“I have been nominated many times for this award and today I am happy to win it. It is always good to be appreciated back home for your exploits. I thank LG and SJAK for thinking about sports men and women, it means a lot because our efforts are recognized,” a happy Omanyala, who was accompanied by his wife Laventer Amutavi said.

He added, “I am training hard, working on perfecting my start because I will be going for the big boys next year. We have many events like the Commonwealth Games, World Championships, African Championships and I am certain I will post better times.”

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In winning the coveted monthly award, Omanyala took home an Oven worth Ksh 65,000 which is a 3-in-1 oven that is used for heating, grilling and baking.

To win the September Award, Omanyala floored other top nominees including the late Agnes Tirop, who had clocked a women’s only 10 km world record of 30:01 at the Adizero Road To Records meeting in Germany, slashing 28 seconds from the previous world record.

Other nominees were Malkia Strikers captain Mercy Moim, who was the best receiver at the CAVB Women’s African Nations Championship in Rwanda where Kenya took silver after losing to perennial rivals Cameroon.

Sharon Chepchumba who was the best attacker, Gladys Ekaru who was the best blocker and Noah Kibet who won the 800 metres race at the Kip Keino Classic by clocking 1:44.97 were the other nominees.

Omanyala joins the growing list of winners to clinch the LG monthly award which includes tennis star Angela Okutoyi (January), basketballer Tylor Okari of Kenya Moran’s (February) boxer Elly Ajowi (March), world marathon champion Ruth Chepng’etich (April), Milan marathon winner Titus Ekiru (May), World Rally Championship (WRC) Safari Rally WRC3 winner Onkar Rai (June), Victoria Reynolds (July) and Faith Kipyegon (August).

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