Defending champion Ferdinand Omanyala to miss Africa Senior Championships

Defending champion Ferdinand Omanyala to miss Africa Senior Championships

Abigael Wafula 13:52 - 21.05.2024

A new Africa 100m champion will be crowned following Ferdinand Omanyala's withdrawal from the Africa Senior Championships insisting the main focus is on the Paris 2024 Olympics.

A new African champion in the men’s 100m will be crowned at this year’s Africa Senior Championships set for June 15-22 in Douala, Cameroon.

This is because Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala will not be in the mix for this year’s continental showpiece since he will be looking to compete in a few races this season.

Speaking during a post-race interview at the Atlanta City Games, Omanyala explained that since changing coaches, he is taking a different approach to races and he will also miss the continental showpiece, with the main focus on the Paris 2024 Olympics.

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“It’s completely different, the training sessions are different, the approach to the races are different, so everything is quite different and it’s just a matter of getting better in every race," the Africa 100m champion said.

“I’ll pass the African Championships this year with the main focus on the Paris Olympic Games."

The Commonwealth Games champion added that he does not want to get ahead of himself as he seeks to make history at the Olympic Games.

He noted that the main focus is to handle every race as it comes and make sure there is an improvement in all the races he competes in. This weekend, he will be in action at the Prefontaine Classic, competing in the 100m and he will be up against a very strong field.

The 28-year-ols is yet to win a 100m race so far this season following his fifth-place finish at the Kip Keino Classic before he finished second at the Atlanta City Games, behind South Africa’s Akani Simbine.

"Let’s not talk about Paris now because we still have so many races to go before we get there. Sometimes we get ahead of ourselves and don’t get what we want, so, for now, it’s just handling every race and making sure we get it proper every time we run," he added.