Omanyala supports Kenyan sprinters as they strive for World Championship times.
Maximilla Imali, the national 100m record holder, Millicent Ndoro, and the men’s 200m tandem of Dan Kiviasi and Mike Mokamba are hoping to meet the qualifying marks for the international event, which will be held in Oregon from July 15 to 24.
It will also be an excellent chance for national hammer throw champion Lucy Omondi and her compatriot Roselyn Rakamba to enhance their women’s hammer throw standards.
The women’s 100m fields are just delectable, with three runners clocking in under 11 seconds.
Imali, who reclaimed her national championship on April 28 in Kasarani by setting a new national 100m record of 11.35 seconds, will compete against two-time Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (10.60) of Jamaica and Tokyo Olympic 200m silver medalist Christine Mboma (10.97) of Namibia.
“Omanyala has really spoken to us, pushed us, advised us, and encouraged us to go for it.” “He thinks this is our year,” Imali stated, working on her block starts and acceleration skills.
“My primary goal was the 200m, but the 100m has also entered the picture,” Imali added.
At the World Championships, the qualifying time for the women’s 100m is 11.15 seconds.
Javianne Oliver (US, 10.96), Mboma’s compatriot Beatrice Masilingi (11.20), who reached the final in the women’s 200m at the Tokyo Olympics, Shannon Ray (US, 11.24), Bassant Hemida (Egypt, 11.12), Rani Rosius (Belgium, 11.33), and Patrizia Van der Weken (11.50) are also in the 100m line up.
Fraser-Pryce set a personal best of 10.60 seconds when she won the Lausanne leg of the Diamond League on August 26 last year, making her the third fastest woman in 100m ever.
Florence Griffith-Joyner of the United States owns the world mark of 10.49, which she achieved in 1988.
Mboma won the women’s Gaborone International Meet on Saturday at National Stadium in Botswana, setting a national record and personal best of 10.97 seconds.
On April 15, the adolescent had ran 10.90 in Little Rock Twilight at Coleman Sports Complex in Little Rock, Arizona, but her triumph in the 100m was deemed wind-assisted at +2.8.
Imali, who won the national 200m title in a personal best of 23.73 seconds, could double up in the 200m, where she will compete alongside Ndoro (23.83) in a race with four athletes clocking in under 23 seconds.
In addition to Mboma (21.78), the Kenyan duo will face Dezerea Bryant (US, 22.18) and Gina Bass (African Games 200m winner) from the 2019 Doha World Championships 4x100m relay (Gambia, 22.58).