Budding sprinter Samuel Chege reveals how Omanyala has played a pivotal role in his career growth

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Budding sprinter Samuel Chege reveals how Omanyala has played a pivotal role in his career growth

Abigael Wafula 18:31 - 07.06.2024

Samuel Chege has credited Ferdinand Omanyala for playing a huge role in the growth of his sprinting career.

National 200m champion Samuel Chege is enjoying the fruits of his labour and has credited Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala for playing a pivotal role in his career growth.

Since 2019, Chege made a comeback to the national team, competing in an individual event, in the 200m at the African Games in Accra, Ghana and he has since secured a ticket to the Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Cameroon.

In Accra, he managed to get to the final of the race, clocking 21.35 to cross the finish line eighth. He also competed in the 100m but was eliminated in the heats and he managed to help the 4x100m relay team finish eighth at the continental showpiece.

During an interview, Chege disclosed that he has managed to push himself beyond the limits, thanks to watching Omanyala do the ‘impossible.’

“Ferdinand has really motivated me because he is the only guy that we look up to and he has made it to the highest level that we are yet to get to. So, it is a big plus for us and he has motivated me a lot,” Chege said.

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Missing out on the World Relays in the Bahamas, Chege noted that it was not something that hurt him but he decided to channel his effort and time to training for the showpiece in Cameroon.

With such setbacks, he admitted to use the disappointment to propel him to greater heights and that’s why he managed to defend his national title at the championship held at the Ulinzi Sports Complex.

“It’s all about hard work and also trusting in God and being patient. Last year, I was just doing 21 seconds but right now I have greatly improved.

“I’m happy with the time since it’s a personal best time. Missing the event at the Bahamas fueled me to tap into training and that did not affect me.

“I still had mental strength to keep focusing because that wasn’t the end of the road and I knew that I had other events in the pipeline,” Chege said.