Ferdinand Omanyala: Record payout for Africa sprint king after victory over Andre de Grasse & Co in Hengelo

Ferdinand Omanyala basks in adulations after bolstering in a past race. Photo: Eric Baraza

Ferdinand Omanyala: Record payout for Africa sprint king after victory over Andre de Grasse & Co in Hengelo

Festus Chuma 10:48 - 08.07.2024

The Africa’s fastest man won the 100m at the FBK Games in Hengelo leading to a significant financial reward.

Commonwealth Games 100m champion Ferdinand Omanyala secured a significant payday following his stellar performance at the FBK Games in Hengelo, the Netherlands.

On Sunday evening Omanyala raced to the finish line with a time of 10.01 seconds outpacing notable competitors such as the United States’ Ronnie Baker and Canada’s Andre de Grasse.

Omanyala’s victory earned him a significant prize of €5,000 (KSh 694,000), marking a lucrative outing for the sprinter at this prestigious track event.

The win is particularly notable as it represents his first race since setting a season’s best of 9.79 seconds at the national trials for the upcoming Paris Olympics.

In a close second was Ronnie Baker from the USA, who finished the race at 10.03 seconds and took home £3,000 (KSh 492,090).

Following closely was Andre de Grasse from Canada, securing the third spot with a time of 10.07 seconds and earning £2,000 (KSh 328,060).

Further down the list, the payouts and times varied slightly.

Brandon Hicklin of the USA claimed the fourth position with a time of 10.16 seconds, earning him £1,200 (KSh 196,836).

South African Benjamin Richardson came in fifth, clocking 10.21 seconds and pocketing £1,000 (KSh 164,030).

From the Netherlands, Elvis Afrifa also clocked 10.21 seconds but ended up in the sixth position, earning £700 (KSh 114,821).

Seventh place was secured by Simon Verherstraeten of Belgium with a time of 10.23 seconds, who received £600 (KSh 98,418).

British sprinter Reece Prescod finished eighth, just a fraction behind with a time of 10.24 seconds, earning £500 (KSh 82,015).

Notably, Churandy Martina from the Netherlands finished ninth with a time of 10.47 seconds, although the payout for this position was not disclosed.

Omanyala’s win not only signifies a personal victory but also holds considerable significance for Kenyan athletics.

Known predominantly for its long-distance runners Kenya is now seeing a rising star in sprinting, with Omanyala leading the charge.

His performance in Hengelo has bolstered his reputation as a formidable sprinter on the global stage and has heightened expectations for his potential impact at the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic Games.