By Samuel Ouma
Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa, Africa’s 100m record holder and Kenya’s sensational sprinter, has joined the National Police Service.
The 25-year-old athlete has taken up a new role to represent the National Police Service and the country in future track events.
Omanyala, a second-year Bachelor of Science student at the University of Nairobi, rose to stardom in Lagos, Nigeria, where he clocked 10.01 seconds on 30th March 2021 at an athletic event dubbed the ‘Making of Champions (MOC) Grand Prix’ where he met the qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
He finished third in the Olympics semi-finals in 10.01 seconds. His trajectory was unstoppable as he went ahead to break the 10 seconds mark at the International Josko Laufmeeting, Andorf Austria 2021, with a personal best of 9.86 seconds.
The rugby-player-turned-sprinter warmed up the hearts of Kenyans by clocking an impressive African best time of 9.77 seconds, breaking the 9.85s record by South African Akuni Sembine at the Kip-Keino Classics held at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on 18th September 2021.
This made him the fastest African man and the 8th fastest of all times in the 100-metre event.
Present to witness his induction at Jogoo House, Nairobi, was the Dean of the Students University of Nairobi Mr. Johnson Kinywa and the Student Union (UNSA) Head of Communication, Joshua Sirma.
Ferdinand Omanyala now joins a pool of other elite athletes in the National Police Service, including David Rudisha, Joshua Kamworor, Vivian Cheruiyot, Julius Yego, and the legendary Ezekiel Kemboi, among others.
The IG urged Omanyala to maintain his sporting discipline for him to utilise his full potential and at the same time deliver on his new role as a police athlete.
Speaking at the brief ceremony, Omanyala thanked the National Police Service and the Government for supporting talent, and he promised to repay this kindness with success in the track events.
‘It is an honour to serve the National Police Service, and I promise to give my best as an athlete,” he added, ‘I also understand that there is life after sprinting.