In Miramas, a fitness session led by Ferdinand Omanylale, the fastest Kenyan sprinter in Africa

In Miramas, a fitness session led by Ferdinand Omanylale, the fastest Kenyan sprinter in Africa
In Miramas, a fitness session led by Ferdinand Omanylale, the fastest Kenyan sprinter in Africa

Miramas: Kenyan Olympic Base Camp!

Nearly a hundred Kenyan athletes and coaches have arrived in Miramas to prepare for the events of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Miramas and among them Ferdinand Omanyla, the fastest Kenyan sprinter in Africa

The athletes are accommodated at the Arianne hotel in Fos-sur-Mer and will stay until July 22 with several training sessions per day on the various sports facilities in the town of Miramas: Miramas Métropole Stadium, stadium, Molières swimming pool, Méano stadium, Cabasse estate, Paul Cézanne gymnasium and Concorde and Saint-Suspi complexes.

Eric Marchesi, Deputy Delegate for the Sports City and Sports Facilities, does not hide his pride “We welcome all the athletes selected for the Olympic Games in all disciplines: athletics, rugby 7s, volleyball, swimming, tennis, archery, etc. Only the long-distance runners stay in their country until the end to prepare at altitude.”

“It’s weird to train with an athlete of this level” – Baptiste, 16, who trains in Istres

This Thursday morning, Kenyan sprinter Ferdinand Omanyla and his coach Kimani hosted a free fitness session at the Cabasse estate. Around twenty people, including many athletics fans, young and old, took part in this training session in a good mood and with music.

Africa’s fastest Kenyan sprinter Ferdinand Omanylale leads a fitness session at the Cabasse estate in Miramas. © Radio France
Emilie Briffod

Baptiste is 16 years old, he trains at the Istres athletics club. His specialty is middle distance and he came especially with several of his friends and his parents to participate in this session. “It’s weird to train with an athlete of this level. He showed us his morning routine and gave us lots of advice. I’m very proud.”

Sandra lives in Miramas, she also came especially for Ferdinand and the champion noticed her technical skills. “I did a lot of athletics when I was young, so there are some leftovers. It just goes to show that it’s worth doing sport!”

“In Miramas, I feel at home” –

Smiling and attentive, Ferdinand took a series of selfies with the fans he found “very sporty”. He also confided “feel at home in Miramas. This city is my home. I like it for its tranquility, its peaceful side and its quality infrastructure.” When asked about his goal for the Olympics, he shows himself “I don’t make promises but I remain confident for these games”

Africa’s fastest Kenyan sprinter Ferdinand Omanylale leads fitness session in Miramas © Radio France
Emilie Briffod
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