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Africa’s fastest man Omanyala to miss Worlds over visa delay

Kenya's Ferdinand Omanyala clinched the African 100-metre record in September
Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala clinched the African 100-metre record in September

NAIROBI: Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala told AFP on Thursday he has given up on competing at the World Athletics Championships in the United States because of a delay in getting a visa.

“I have given up my trip to Oregon. Even if I am given a visa today it’s too late,” said the 26-year-old Kenyan sprinter.

Omanyala had been due to compete in the 100m heats on the first day of the world championships on Friday, but lost a race against time to secure his US visa and travel to Oregon — a trip of about 24 hours or more.

“It would mean booking flights which can only be possible at night and the race is on tomorrow. It’s not possible,” he…

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