Ferdinand Omanyala reveals notable changes after appointment of new coach

ATHLETICS Ferdinand Omanyala reveals notable changes after appointment of new coach

Abigael Wafula 13:03 - 29.01.2024

Ferdinand Omanyala is clearly enjoying working with his new coach, Geoffrey Kimani and he has opened up on the changes he has noted as gears up for the Olympic Games.

Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala is clearly enjoying himself under the tutelage of his new coach, Geoffrey Kimani.

Omanyala opened his 2024 season at the second Athletics Kenya meet held at the Ulinzi Sports Complex. Competing in the 400m, Omanyala finished fifth in 49.06.

The Commonwealth Games champion then went ahead and competed at the just concluded third Athletics Kenya meet held at the Nyayo National Stadium. The Kenyan won the 200m heats in fashion, clocking 20.40, the fourth-fastest time in the world.

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Speaking during a post-race interview, Omanyala disclosed that he had lost some kgs and is looking forward to enjoying an amazing 2024 season.

“It’s been the best three months of pre-season that I’ve had this year and I’ve never run a 20.40 before in January and that means that the endurance part is coming in good.

“With the weight gone down by 3kgs (89kg to 86kg) now I’m feeling comfortable running and hoping that we can build on that till the Olympic Games.

“This season I’m going into races with a different mindset and I want to execute everything as we have discussed with my coach,” Omanyala said.

He added that since he changed coaches, there have been notable differences and they have been working on different aspects including speed and endurance.

Omanyala changed coaches late last year, parting ways with Duncan Ayiemba, and started working with Kimani who has been putting in the effort to ensure the African record holder proves naysayers wrong this season.

“We have been working on minor aspects that we have been working on like the speed endurance and reducing the gym work…just doing what we are supposed to do.

“We are still maintaining the strength, so that I have the strength but I’m not bulky…that’s what we have been doing and hip mobility.

“That’s what we’ve been working on and that’s what we came to test here and I’m glad that I run the time we wanted to achieve,” Omanyala said.