Omanyala has little time to feel sorry for himself as there is still further Diamond League glory to chase this year before the Africa Athletics Championships and Paris Olympics in 2024.
Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala has little time to focus on his poor performance at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary as there are a number of events for him to focus on this year ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Omanyala finished a disappointing seventh in the 100m final on Sunday 20 August to miss out on a medal that many hoped he could get following his brilliant performance this season.
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He, unfortunately, fizzled out to finish a disappointing seventh and cross the finish line in 10.01.
However, it is not all gloom for Omanyala as he still has the Diamond League to look forward to before the 2023 season is out.
Omanyala is joint top in the 100m Diamond League standings, alongside South African Akani Simbine, both on 28 points, five ahead of former world champion Fred Kerley of the United States.
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The sprint sensation has already achieved what no Kenyan had managed before in 100m and the country can only feel proud of him with the 2024 Olympics around the corner.
With three legs of the regular season still to go, the 100m runners only have the Xiamen leg in China on September 2 to compete in and secure points for the Diamond League Final in Eugene, Oregon from September 16-17.
The top six in the field events, top eight for 100m-800m, and the top 10 for 1,500m and long-distance events will qualify for the Final which means Omanyala has already secured his place in Eugene given newly-crowned world champion Noah Lyles (USA) and Jamaican Ackeem Blake, both tied on eight points each in eighth place, guaranteed a maximum of 16 points.
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The fan insists Kipyegon gave him the gift “as a token of appreciation for the support over the years” after watching her run in person numerous times.
Even if the Kenyan opts out of the China meeting, his place is not in danger and what might change is just ranking positions.
However, given he has featured in most Diamond League races, Omanyala will be keen to stamp his authority in Xiamen having been on the podium in all the four races (third in Rabat, second in Florence, second in Paris, and first in Monaco) so far this season.
Those who qualify compete in a winner-takes-all competition at the final to be crowned Wanda Diamond League Champion in their chosen discipline.
Each champion is awarded a prestigious "Diamond Trophy", US$ 30,000 (Ksh3.4 million) prize money, and a wild card for the World Athletics Championships.
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Omanyala was bidding to become the first African man to medal at the global showpiece but Botswana’s wonder kid Letsile Tebogo beat him to it.
This year’s final will be intense given Lyles will be keen to reassert his authority while Omanyala, Kerley, and Simbine will want to end the season in victorious fashion.
While the Kenyan finished seventh in Budapest, Simbine was disqualified in the semi-final for a false start while Kerley was unable to defend his title after failing to make the final.
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Omanyala opted to stay optimistic after the match, wearing a broad smile, as if to suggest that it was not all doom and gloom considering the amount of money he is set to earn.
Omanyala will then take a rest before embarking on his 2024 season which will be a grueling one as it will involve more Diamond League races, the 23rd Africa Athletics Championships in Cameroon before the Paris Olympics where he will be seeking to right the wrongs of Budapest.