Sunday, September 24, 2023

Unstoppable Omanyala Wins 100m at Monaco Diamond League

The 100m sensation is the first Kenyan to win the Monaco Diamond League

Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala won the 100m race on Friday, July 21, at Monaco Diamond League after clocking 9.92 seconds.

Omanyala beat Letsile Tebogo of Botswana, the world junior record holder of the 100m race, who came second after finishing at 9.93 seconds.

Despite Omanyala not starting off strong, he gained momentum with electrifying finish to make Kenya proud.

The unstoppable sprinter is the first Kenyan to win the Monaco Diamond League.

Ackeem Blake of Jamaica came third after finishing at 10.00 seconds, Yohan Blake of Jamaica followed with 10.01.

Omanyala won 100m men while Faith Kipyegon broke world record.
Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala in action at Monaco Diamond League. PHOTO/Omanyala.

Fred Kerley, who is an arch-rival of Omanyala missed the race.

“First diamond league win. Feels great and thankful to God for this. 28 days to the world championships,” said Omanyala after the win.

We’re proud of you Ferdinand Omanyala

President William Ruto led Kenyans in celebrating Omanyala’s win. 

“An amazing display of power, speed and character by Ferdinand Omanyala to grab his first Diamond League win. It is also Kenya’s first ever victory in the 100m in this competition. Congratulations,” said the President
“Faith Kipyegon’s 4:07.64 mark over a mile is her 3rd world record in 52 days. Staggering! Omanyala’s 100m win in 9:92 is a Kenyan first in the Diamond League. Legends! Hongera Faith, Ferdinand, Kinyamal (800m) & Koech (3000m Stps). Kenya, Lion of the Savannah, roars!” stated Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba. 

The Sunday Diamond League will meet in London where it will be the last track and field event before the hugely anticipated 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest Hungary.

It was Omanyala’s first Diamond League victory and one which ensured qualification for September’s Diamond League Final in Eugene.

Also Read: Faith Kipyegon Sets New 1500m World Record in Florence

Keeping the Faith 

Faith Kipyegon won the women’s mile’s world record, breaking the record by clocking 4:7.74.

Kipyegon smashed the Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan’s record of 4:12.33 in 2019.

Also Read: Women World Cup 2023 Gets Boost from UN and FIFA

Kipyegon has now broken three world records in two months, including the 1500m and 500m.

Ferdinand Omanyala and Faith Kipyegon won races at Monaco Diamond League.
Ferdinand Omanyala and Faith Kipyegon after winning races at Monaco Diamond League. PHOTO/Courtesy.

On June 2, she broke the world record in the women’s 1,500 meters with a time of 3:49.11 at a Diamond League meet in Florence.

A week later, she set a new world record in the women’s 5,000 meters by clocking 14: 5.20 in Paris, despite having not raced that distance in 8 years.

Kipyegon will compete in the 1,500 and 5,000 at next month’s world championship in Budapest.

“It was a blessing to do this with these ladies. I can see that they’re all happy for me and it’s so emotional,” she said.

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Wayuwa Kimathi

Wayuwa Kimathi

Mercy Wayuwa Kimathi is a Digital Journalist at The Kenya Times. She can be reached at

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