Ferdinand Omanyala

Africa’s fastest man and 100m Commonwealth Games champions Ferdinand Omanyala was among the 2,881 constables  who graduated on Tuesday at the National Police College in Kiganjo,Nyeri county.

The event which was presided over by President William Ruto saw a total of 25 sportsmen and women  pass out having finished the Basic Police Training Course besides  undergoing a variety of courses such as Human Rights, Community Policing, Public Order Management, Skills at Arms, and Countering Violent Extremism.

The 26 year-old sprints sensation joined National Police in December 2021 taking up a new role that will see him represent the security department in future 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."

The  second-year Bachelor of Science student at the University of Nairobi, rose to stardom in Lagos, Nigeria where he shattered the National Record with a new time of 10.01 seconds on March 30, 2021.

In August last year, Omanyala dethroned defending champion and rival Akani Simbine from South Africa after clocking 10.02 second in the finals of the 100m at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Others who graduated include 5000m Commonwealth Games champion Beatrice Chebet,Commonwealth Games 10,000m silver medallist Daniel Simiu,World Indoor 1,500m bronze medallist Abel Kipsang,Kenya 7s international Jeffrey Oluoch among others .

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