Mark Otieno shares lessons learnt from Ferdinand Omanyala during doping suspension

ATHLETICS Mark Otieno shares lessons learnt from Ferdinand Omanyala during doping suspension

Abigael Wafula 12:00 - 30.01.2024

Mark Otieno has applauded Ferdinand Omanyala for being a trailblazer and enabling him to believe that anything is possible.

Mark Otieno and Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala share a lot of memories from the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

The duo qualified for the global bonanza but Otieno had to pull out before toeing the line due to an anti-doping offense while Omanyala bowed out in the semifinal of the event.

However, both of them return this time around with each one having a different mindset. Omanyala will be chasing history on the global stage in Paris, France while Otieno will be looking to qualify for the event.

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The former national champion attested that he had a lot to learn from Omanyala, who not only inspires him on the track but also off the track. Otieno disclosed that seeing Omanyala make history gave him the motivation that anything is possible.

He returned to competitive running after serving his doping ban last year where he competed in one race, finishing second in the final. Otieno then opened his 2024 season with a win in the 100m heats at the third Athletics Weekend meet. However, he did not show up for the semifinal of the event.

“Well, Ferdinand has really passed the limit and I believe he is going beyond that. He has shown me that it’s possible…you know when you’re outside and you don’t see anyone doing what you do, it’s a bit difficult.

“But, watching him has shown me that anything is possible. I really feel encouraged with the milestones he has made,” Otieno said.

He also marveled at the number of athletes who turned up to run the sprints and applauded Omanyala for his influence.

“Guys are showing up and this is an opportunity for them to compete and showcase their talent. With us having 20 heats, it shows that guys really want to come and reach where Omanyala has reached,” Otieno said.