Who is the king of African sprinting? Ferdinand Omanyala and Letsile Tebogo throw jabs at each other

Ferdinand Omanyala and Letsile Tebogo

Who is the king of African sprinting? Ferdinand Omanyala and Letsile Tebogo throw jabs at each other

Funmilayo Fameso 15:54 - 15.05.2024

Ferdinand Omanyala and Letsile Tebogo are at loggerheads on who has the bragging rights of the king of African sprinting.

Africa's fastest men in history Ferdinand Omanyala and Letsile Tebogo are at loggerheads on who the real king of African sprinting is after they were asked the question in a recent interview.

Omanyala won his first international championships in the 100m at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and African Championships in Athletics and also owns the African Record (AR) holder of 9.77s, thus making him the ninth-fastest man of all time.

Photo credit || Ferdinand Omanyala X

Meanwhile, Botswana's Tebogo is regarded as a generational talent as he has clocked the fastest times seen of any sprinter at his age. 

He's currently the 200m AR holder at 19.50s - the sixth fastest time in history, became Africa's first 100m medallist at the world championships in Budapest and followed it up with a 200m bronze medal, and he is the 200m African champion, which makes him the youngest winner of this title in the competition history. 

Letsile Tebogo became Africa's first male 100m medallist at the World Championships in Budapest

Both speedsters have done well by their rights to earn the bragging rights of being called the king of African sprinting, one which they'll disclose in the Sprint Culture Podcast with @ansonhenry for @thetfnnetwork.

"Who is the African champion? Who is the African Record holder? So that answers your question," said Omanyala when asked if Tebogo is the king of African sprinting.

Ferdinand Omanyala and Letsile Tebogo || Handout

In response to this, the 20-year-old who started the season with a 300m WR and was one of the best performers at the recently concluded World Relays in the Bahamas, where he played a vital role in helping his country's men's 4x400m relay team punch Paris Olympic ticket, implied that Omanyala's opinion was senseless. 

"It's so crazy, everything will unveil itself as time goes on because to me it doesn't make sense if you're the African champion, but when it mattered the most, he couldn't step in."

The duo have met in the 100m on a few occasions, but Tebogo's medal-winning performance in Budapest gives him an edge because he delivered when it mattered most.

With the African championships and Paris Olympics on the horizon, both sprinters will be gunning to make it memorable by claiming a medal on the grandest stage of all sporting competitions.