‘Beast from the East is set to light up the West’ - Omanyala promises fireworks in Diamond League

Ferdinand Omanyala at the Kip Keino Classic

ATHLETICS ‘Beast from the East is set to light up the West’ - Omanyala promises fireworks in Diamond League

Joel Omotto 18:21 - 22.05.2023
Africa’s fastest man is targeting more victories in the Diamond League where he will run in Rabat, Florence, and Paris.

Ferdinand Omanyala has promised to light up the Diamond League having added the Paris leg to the list of meetings he is set to feature in this season as part of his preparations leading to the 2023 World Championships.

Omanyala, who clocked a world lead of 9.84 to win the men’s 100m at the Kip Keino Classic, will next feature in the Rabat Diamond League on Sunday, May 28 before heading to Florence, Italy on Friday, June 2 with another duel slated for Paris, France seven days later.

Africa’s fastest man will then return home for the National Championships from June 22-24 when selection for Team Kenya to the World Championships, slated for August in Budapest, Hungary will take place.

“The level has been raised, the chase for the Diamond League trophy is on,” Omanyala said via Twitter post. “Here are the races leading up to the World Championships. These ones will be big and fast, come and experience world-class sprinting. The Beast from the East is set to light up the West.”

Omanyala has enjoyed a good season so far. He had run a sub-10 at the Botswana Golden Grand Prix on April 29, clocking 9.87, but it was not certified as a world lead since it was wind-assisted.

He followed it up with the African 150m record at the Atlanta City Games where he run 14.98 to finish third behind winner Noah Lyles with Erriyon Knighton in second place.

Omanyala beat the 14.99 African record set by Namibian legend Frankie Fredricks in 1993, his time being also a national record and the 13 best of all time.

It was the first loss of the season after also claiming wins in the season-opening ASA Grand Prix in South Africa, clocking 10.05 in Germiston on April 19, seven seconds faster than his 10.12 in Pretoria, a week earlier.