Africa’s fastest man finds harmony in music

SPORTS GIST Africa’s fastest man finds harmony in music

Shafic Kiyaga 14:49 - 29.09.2023

In his caption accompanying the video, Omanyala reflected on the greatness of God in his life, stating, "Reflecting on how God has been great. Having time with God through worship."

Commonwealth Games 100m champion Ferdinand Omanyala has not only left his mark on the track but has also ventured into the world of music, unveiling a gospel song that resonates with his gratitude towards God for his achievements in the 2023 track season.

Omanyala's journey in 2023 saw its highs and lows, but throughout it all, he remained steadfast in his faith and determination.

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He chose to express his appreciation through a song titled "Unastahili Kuabudiwa," which translates to "You Deserve to Be Worshiped."

In a recent video clip shared by Omanyala, fans were given a glimpse into his time in the studio, where he passionately recorded the song.

The video serves as a testament to his unwavering faith and serves as an opportunity for him to connect with his fans on a deeper level.

In his caption accompanying the video, Omanyala reflected on the greatness of God in his life, stating, "Reflecting on how God has been great. Having time with God through worship."

Erriyon Knighton (L) and Noah Lyles (C) of the United States and Kenya's Ferdinand Omanyala run the MenÕs 150m during the adidas Atlanta City Games on May 6th, 2023 at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, USA | Photo Credit: Imago

Omanyala's 2023 track season was nothing short of impressive. He began with an indoor tour where he displayed his prowess by triumphing in one out of the four races, he participated in.

During this tour, he even managed to defeat Olympic champion Marcel Jacobs, a testament to his incredible speed and skill.

The outdoor season saw Omanyala's dominance continue. He performed exceptionally well in the second Athletics Kenya meet and emerged victorious in the ASA Grand Prixes.

His winning streak continued as he triumphed in the Botswana Golden Grand Prix.

Returning to home soil for the Kip Keino Classic, Omanyala didn't disappoint.

L-R: kenya's Ferdinand Omanyala, Italian Lamont Marcell Jacobs and Jamaican Oblique Seville compete in the men s 100m race during the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting in Zagreb, Croatia | Photo Credit: Imago

He then ventured into the international arena, participating in the Diamond League Meeting in Rabat, Morocco, where he secured a respectable third place.

Omanyala's journey took him to Florence, Italy, and Paris, France, where he clinched second place in both events.

The 27-year-old athlete continued to showcase his prowess by dominating both the National Championships and the World Championships National Trials back in Kenya.

Despite facing challenges, Omanyala remained resilient. He made his mark at the Diamond League Meeting in Monaco before setting his sights on the Gala dei Castelli and the 59th Palio Citta' della Quercia, where he secured second place in both races.

Closing his impressive season, Africa’s fastest man participated in the Prefontaine Classic, where he delivered a noteworthy third-place finish, sharing the podium with Americans Noah Lyles and Christian Coleman.

While Omanyala faced a setback at the World Championships, finishing seventh, his journey in 2023 has been nothing short of remarkable.