Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala among seven Kenyan athletes taking part in first Expo Run

DUBAI, 18 November 2021 – When the starting gun is fired at tomorrow’s Expo Run, Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala will be one of seven Kenyan athletes leading up to 10,000 runners in the sold-out event at the Expo site

Omanyala, the African record holder and eighth fastest man of all-time in the 100 metres after clocking a time of 9.77 seconds in Nairobi earlier this year, said discipline is the key to sporting success

Ferdinand Omanyala said: “If you want to realise your ambition as a sportsman, you have to have the discipline to take it up every day and go for training. Discipline is the key to greatness.

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DUBAI, 18 November 2021. Expo Run Kenyan athlete Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa Busienei speaks during an interview at the Sports, Fitness and Wellbeing Hub, Expo 2020 Dubai. (Photo by Christopher Pike/Expo 2020 Dubai)

“So many people have taken sports as a career now. For me, I am being paid to run, so that’s a career for me. I’m taking that up and I’m teaching a lot of people in Africa that not only education can give you a career, but also with sport you can make a career.”

The other Kenyan athletes taking part in the Expo Run are two-time Olympic Gold Medallist and four-time World Champion Ezekiel Kemboi; former 800 metres world champion Janeth Jepkosgei; 2013 London Marathon winner Priscah Jeptoo; Bethwel Yegon, who finished second in this year’s Berlin Marathon; long-distance runner Jonathan Kiplimo Maiyo; and 2010 Nagpur half-marathon winner Hellen Nzembi.

DUBAI, 18 November 2021. Expo Run Kenyan athletes at the Sports, Fitness and Wellbeing Hub, Expo 2020 Dubai. (Photo by Christopher Pike/Expo 2020 Dubai)

The importance of sport is not to make it to the top, but to do the best you can, Ezekiel Kemboi said: “My advice to young kids is always try to focus. The special time comes when you train for it … Everyone can be a champion in their own way.”

Calling it a privilege to be part of the Kenyan team at Expo 2020 and highlighting sport’s unifying power, Janeth Jepkosgei said: “Sport is something that makes people from different colours, one people. Because, in sport, you compete, you win, you lose, but you remain a friend to each other.”

DUBAI, 18 November 2021. Expo Run Kenyan athletes at the Sports, Fitness and Wellbeing Hub, Expo 2020 Dubai. (Photo by Christopher Pike/Expo 2020 Dubai)

The Expo Run is a one-off event with routes of 3km, 5km, and 10km that will take runners through Expo’s Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability districts and Al Wasl dome. The race starts from the Kenya Pavilion at 0700 GST. The Kenyan athletes will also take part in the Dubai Run on Sheikh Zayed road on November 26.