[VIDEO] Nervous Ferdinand Omanyala blanks reporter over potential lane infringement

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ATHLETICS [VIDEO] Nervous Ferdinand Omanyala blanks reporter over potential lane infringement

Joel Omotto 16:33 - 02.03.2024

A reporter had a difficult time interviewing Ferdinand Omanyala after the sprinter stopped talking to her upon realising that he could face punishment over lane infringement.

A reporter had a hard time interviewing Ferdinand Omanyala following his 60m heats at the World Indoor Championships in Glasgow, Scotland on Friday.

Omanyala had just finished his heat when the BBC reporter sought his post-race thoughts but the Kenyan sprinter had his mind on something else.

“Ferdinand, how was that run for you,” the reporter posed to Omanyala to which he responded, “It was good.”

“Good in the sense of doing everything you needed to do today? Take us through the round,” the reporter further asked.

At this moment, Omanyala went completely quiet as he looked at the screen and not at the reporter. The sprinter would respond a few seconds later when it emerged that he was going through a nervous moment after realising that he could potentially be punished over lane infringement.

“I never realised that but that is a mistake, let’s see what happens,” said a nervous Omanyala before he then completed the interview.

Omanyala, who had clocked 6.52 seconds in the heat was not punished, however, as he qualified for the semi-final in which he recorded the same time again to make it to the final.

However, hopes of winning a medal went up in smoke as Omanyala could only finish fourth behind Americans Christian Coleman and Noah Lyles and Jamaican Ackeem Blake who claimed first, second and third potions in that order.

The Commonwealth champion came off the blocks slow and managed a slower time of 6.56 seconds in the final behind Blake, who clocked 6.46 to claim the bronze medal.

Coleman got his revenge on his compatriot Lyles by clocking a world lead 6.41 seconds to win gold while the world 100m champion, and pre-race favourite, settled for sliver in a time of 6.44 seconds.

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