Letsile Tebogo claps back at Ferdinand Omanyala for claiming he is the king of African sprint

Letsile Tebogo claps back at Ferdinand Omanyala for claiming he is the king of African sprint

Mark Kinyanjui 12:30 - 15.05.2024

Letsile Tebogo has clapped back at Ferdinand Omanyala's claims he is the true king of African sprint.

Botswanan sprint sensation Letsile Tebogo has clapped back at Fedinand Omanyala’s claims he is the king of sprinting in Africa.

Omanyala claimed earlier that he was the true king of Africa in sprints in an interview with the Track and Field network, having risen to prominence in 2021 when he set the record as the fastest man in the continent when he ran 9.77 at the 3rd edition of the Absa Kip Keino classic.

He also won the 2022 African title in Mauritius, and is also the reigning commonwealth games champion.

However, the 28-year-old has flattered to deceive at the biggest of stages, having failed to make the final of the delayed Olympic games in Tokyo in 2021 and finished a sorry seventh at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest last year.

Meanwhile, Tebogo has already delivered medals in both the 100 and 200m races at just 20 at the highest stage, which led him to making scathing responses to  Omanyala’s claims

“I do not have anything to say. Everything will reveal itself as time goes on,” a nonchalant Tebogo responded in an interview with the same Track and Field network.

“To me, it does not make sense if you are the African champion, but where it mattered the most, he could not step in.”

Tebogo has proved his worth in the 200m race he claims is the “easiest” to compete in, and believes it should also be used as a gauge to test the fastest men in the continent, apart from just the 100m, which his personal record stands at 9.88.“The 100 is very tactical. Any day can be your day. I believe we should include both races.”

Meanwhile, Tebogo has provided a post-mortem of what he thinks went wrong when he lost to Courtney Lindsey in the 200m of the last Kip Keino classic on Apr 20, 2024.

“I was not really surprised. I just knew he had better legs than me because it had been a week before I had trained after those crazy times we ran back then.”

Tebogo is set to take part in the men's 100m event at the LA Grand Prix against the likes of Kenny Bednarek this weekend, a race he is really looking forward to being a part of.

“I think it is going to happen in the LA Grand Prix, so I had to be there. I believe almost half of the Nike athletes are going to be there, so it is going to be one hell of a race.”

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