Kenyan speedsters eye fruitful debut in Tokyo,


Sprinters Ferdinand Omanyala and Mark Otieno are confident of an emphatic debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

The two athletes left the country on Tuesday for Kurume City ,for a 10 day training camp ahead of the Olympic Games set for July 23rd- August 7th.

“I’m feeling great, it’s been a journey and now it’s becoming real, we’re heading to the airport, it’s becoming real with every second and we are going to show the world what Kenya is made of in sprints,” remarked Omanyala.

Omanyala assured of a confident run at his first Olympic games.

‘’I’m just going there to make it real; I feel fast and strong and all I can tell Kenyans is to be glued on screens and await miracles.’’

Ferdinand Omanyala and Mark Otieno laid down the gauntlet recording record breaking marks of 10.02secs. and 10.05 seconds respectively during the national Olympic trials in June.

‘’I even missed breakfast!! I am just so excited and strong, I didn’t train today, when I woke up, however my coach is aware but I feel fine.’’ Mark Otieno intimated

Mark Otieno’s participation at the Olympics got a major boost after receiving Ksh.1M from Safaricom to allow him afford the best running spikes as part of the sponsorship deal that will also cover his training expenses.

Meanwhile Hellen Syombua, the national 400m record holder  who also travelled with speedsters is also hopeful of bagging a medal at the Tokyo games. Ni

The 23-year-old whose mark of 51. 09 seconds is the fastest in the country, raced to victory in the 400m at the finals of Athletics Kenya National trials which she won in 52.44.

“All I can ask Kenyans to do is pray for me, to continue supporting me because that’s what we need most. I feel ready and supported.’’ Said Syombua.

The new gem in women’s 400m gives Kenya high hopes of winning the elusive women’s short races medal at the Olympic Games slated for July 23rd to August 8th in Tokyo, Japan.


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