Omae Seeks Track Dominance After Switch From Rugby
National 400m champion Collins Omae says he has no regrets trading rugby for athletics, his sentiments coming after bagging the crown in the 2017 Athletics Kenya Championships at the Nyayo National Stadium.
Omae, a former winger for SportPesa Quins and Mwamba RFC also featured for the Kenya Under-19 at the 2009 Junior World Rugby tournament; he says he is enjoying it on the track.
“I have always loved sprinting even when I was an active Rugby player. The decision was further cultivated by former Kenya Sevens Strength and conditioning coach Geoffrey Kimani, who told me to follow my heart,” said the runner who represented the country at the 2014 Commonwealth games in the United Kingdom (UK).
At the finals, Omae timed 45.19, beating the World Championships time of 45.50, in second place was Geoffrey Kiprotich, with a time of 45.74 while African Games 400m silver medalist Boniface Mweresa came in third a second later. Alphas Kishioyan managed 46.6 for a fourth place finish.
While he is gunning for a slot at the World Championships in London in August, Omae a former Kenya Methodist University (KEMU) student admits the national trials set for June 22-24 will be even tougher given the number of athletes who have beaten the qualifying time this season.