Kenyan sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala is the LG SJAK SportsPersonality of the month of August 2022.
Omanyala, who walked away with an LG Artificially Intelligent 8kg washing machine achieved the feat after winning gold in 100m during the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
The 26-year-old star athlete became the first ever Kenyan in 60 years to win the Commonwealth Games 100m title after blistering through the final on August 3.
“It’s such a great feeling winning the award twice within a space of 12 months. My success in Birmingham will no doubt continue to inspire and encourage many Kenyans over and above paving the way for many other local sprinters to come through,” he said,adding: “I feel a lot motivated to keep improving my personal best of 9.77 seconds giventhat I have two gold medals and an Africa record.”
He emulated Seraphino Antao who was the first and only Kenyan to win the 100m sprintat the Club games in 1962 back then when the race was 100 yards.
Omanyala clocked 10.02 seconds to restrict defending champion Akani Simbine from South Africa to second place in 10.13 sec.
To win the August gong, Omanyala beat a strong field of nominees among them rugby star Billy Odhiambo who racked up his 100th career try at the World Rugby Sevens in Los Angeles, 800m runner Mary Moraa who won Kenya’s fourth gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth, as well as Hellen Wawira who claimed bronze in the para-power lifting competition also in Birmingham.
1500m runner Faith Kipyegon was also in the list of nominees with the second fastest time in history, a World Lead and a Kenyan record with 3:50.37 on the fast Louis II trackat the Herculis EBS in Monaco where the 11th leg of the Wanda Diamond League took place.
SJAK President Chris Mbaisi, on his part, thanked LG for their continued support over the past eight years.
“With the monthly award, we are seeing a growing number of upcoming and talented sports personalities among them Angela Okutoyi who won the Wimbledon Open Junior category and won this award for a record three times. Rewarding sportsmen and women is an important step towards whipping up the enthusiasts of sports personalities across all disciplines”