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Can Ferdinand Omanyala break Usain Bolt's World Record to become the fastest man on Earth?

Well, that's the very same question I have been asking myself but the answer might come more sooner than i thought.

Talk of sprinting, talk of a new African record holder for men's 100m race in town, and a University of Nairobi alumni, who stole the show at the World Athletics Continental Tour-Absa Kip Keino Classic (7th May, 2022). The man who just set the fastest running time in a 100m race this year at 9.85 seconds! He is the Kenyan born, Ferdinand Omanyala.

Though most of us who happen to be his fans, might be wondering why he hasn't broken Usain Bolt's World Record yet which is 9.58 seconds. The answer to this is time and maybe very soon, he will do it.

Ferdinand took the top spot in the 100m race in a time of 9.85 seconds ahead of USA's Fred Kerley (9.92 seconds) and Isaih Young (10.10 seconds), the duo who came in second and third respectively. The African record holder, Omanyala thrilled his home fans who had converged at Moi International Sports Centre- Kasarani, Nairobi to show their support to the Tokyo Olympic Semi-finalist.

"It feels nice... i promised to give a show and i delivered. We're just beginning the season and we've got around three months before the World Championships. This was part of the preparations and all the other guys (sprinters) are just like us, Kenyans. What we need, is to tap the talent," he said.

Also in attendance were: H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta, First Lady Margret Kenyatta, Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and CS for Sports Amina Mohammed, an indication that every Kenyan love sports.

Though Omanyala's success doesn't come without any setbacks. Before the start of the race, there was a false start but he confirmed that, he wasn't mentally affected by that nerve-rackling event. "In every race, things like these happen (false starts) or someone might even get an injury. I had prepared myself and I wasn't affected by it, so I quickly picked up myself and continued," said the 26 year-old African record holder.

He believes nothing is impossible and no human being is limited and the world record is not an exception either. "I believe if there is anyone who can break the world record, then that person should be me. You see the African record, when I started sprinting, people thought it would never be broken anytime soon but I did it last year,' he added.

He is optimistic that as time goes by, he will soon be the Word Record holder for men's 100m race, which will see Usain Bolt get dethroned off that prestigious title.

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