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Kenya: Omanyala Eyeing Powerful, Historic End to the Season in Sunday Croatia Race

Nairobi — Commonwealth Champion Ferdinand Omanyala lines up at the Memorial Borisa Hanžekovića in Zagreb, Croatia on Sunday night, looking to end his season in perfect style at the World Athletics Continental Gold Tour meet.

Omanyala who has had a pair of second spot finishes in his last two races in Switzerland and Germany now hopes to finish off in style, and is looking at the probability of ending his season with the Personal Best time, just like he did last season.

“I am hopeful for the best. I am feeling nice and I am looking forward for a great race. I am looking to end the season on a high and probably finish with a personal best like I did last year,” Omanyala told Capital Sport from his training base in Italy.

Looking back at the year, Omanyala says this has been his best in his career so far, having finished with three gold medals.

He won the African Championship gold in 100m and the 4x100m relay as well as the Commonwealth Games title, where he became the first Kenyan in 60 years to win a sprint title.

His only blemish was the World Championships, but his performance was affected by off-field matters having arrived three hours to his race in Oregon.

“I can say that this season has been the best. We planned to achieve medals and we did so apart from the World Championships but I don’t have regrets. It is always about lessons. We learn and move on,” said the Kenyan sprint King.

Last season, he finished the campaign by coming home second in the Kip Keino Classic, where he clocked 9/77secs which now ranks as his personal best and the African record.