• He said Omanyala is making a legacy since Kenya's athletics powerhouse is not renown for prowess in short races.
• At the same time, Uhuru congratulated Betty Chelangat for winning gold in women's 3000m and Reynold Cheruyiot in men's 1500m.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has congratulated Africa's 100m sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala for winning Kenya's first gold in the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
In a statement on Tuesday, Uhuru said Omanyala's global win of the 100m dash is a groundbreaking achievement for Kenya.
He said Omanyala is making a legacy since Kenya's athletics powerhouse is not renowned for prowess in short races.
"It was super exciting to watch Ferdinand win the 100m dash in style and earn our country her first gold medal in Birmingham. His win is a groundbreaking achievement not just for Ferdinand but for the whole of Kenya's athletics because he has excelled in a domain that's not traditionally ours," Uhuru tweeted.
Omanyala clocked 10:02 seconds to bag Kenya's first gold in the ongoing Commonwealth Games.
Akani Simbine from South Africa finished second after running in 10.13 seconds to take silver as Sri Lankan Yupun Abeykoon took bronze in 10.14 seconds.
At the same time, Uhuru congratulated Betty Chelangat for winning gold in women's 3000m and Reynold Cheruyiot in men's 1500m.
Cheruyiot clocked 3:35.83 in the men's 1500m race.
Chelangat won Kenya’s first gold medal in the 3000m race at the World Under-20 Championships
The two athletes are competing at the ongoing World Under-20 Championships in Cali, Colombia.