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.
Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala saw the world coming to an end before his eyes when he failed to make it to the podium in the men’s 100m final at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
He had set lofty ambitions going to the Hungarian capital and all eyes were on him but he failed to deliver after finishing seventh. He was bidding to become the first African man to medal at the global showpiece but Botswana’s wonder kid Letsile Tebogo beat him to the feat.
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He, unfortunately, fizzled out to finish a disappointing seventh and cross the finish line in 10.01.
However, Omanyala still maintained to keep his smile insisting that he has to remain happy since ‘a smile a day adds to his life on earth.’
“I’m always happy…you need to be happy. You only live once and I’m a strong believer that a smile adds a day to your life. That’s what I like and I think my mouth also just loves smiling,” Omanyala said.
At the World Championships, Omanyala started off his campaign on a good note, finishing second behind newly-crowned World Champion Noah Lyles in the Preliminary round. He then proceeded to the semifinal and qualified by a whisker.
The first two qualifiers were automatic but Omanyala finished third and managed to qualify as one of the fastest losers.
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In the final, things did not work up for the Commonwealth Games champion as he faded to finish a disappointing seventh.
It was a shock to the whole world since he was one of the pre-race favourites backed to medal at the event.
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He later explained that his body was not moving as he had expected going into the final and semifinal and noted that he is aware his fans are disappointed.
“My body wasn't just firing from the semifinal as it did in the heats. We just have to go back and see what happened and see where to correct and see what to do best next time,” Omanyala said.