The 2007 All Africa Games multi gold medallist Jason Dunford clinched silver in 50m backstroke and bronze in 200m freestyle as the Africa Senior swimming Championships got underway at the Moi International Sports Centre (MISC) Kasarani. Dunford took the silver in the 50m backstroke in 27.18secs, behind South Africa’s Ellis Ricky, who settled for gold in 26.74 secs. Algeria Riyadh Djedouci settled for bronze in 27.20 secs.
Earlier on, Dunford took home a bronze in the 200m freestyle after posting 1:54.79. He finished behind South Africa’s Myles Brown, who took gold medal in a time of 1:52.10. Algeria’s Amadh Methlouthi won silver in 1:53.79. Dunford, who is seeking to bounce back from the disappointment of the 2012 London Olympic Games, was placed fifth in the 200m freestyle heats, where he returned 1:56.79 during the morning session.
Brown was the fastest in the heat in a time of 1:54.62 with Egypt’s Ahmed Abdel Rehim second in 1:56.15. Tunisia’s Mathlouthi Ahmed placed third in 1:56.20 with Egypt’s Mohammed Mahmoud coming home fourth in 1:56.42. Other qualifiers included Algerians Hamama Medhi (1:57.05), Abdelgani of Algeria (1:58.50) and South Africa’s Leseneho Itumleng (2:00.55).
Dunford finished seventh in the 50m backstroke after posting 28.52 to romp into the finals.South Africa’s Ellis Ricky was the fastest in the heat timed at 27.60. He was followed by Djedouci Ryad of Algeria, who came second in 27.63 while Mrabnet Taki of Tunisia was third in 27.76. Egyptian ElSoud Omar Mahmoud was placed fourth in 27.90 while Algeria’s Baghriche Med Anis was completed the top five places to qualify in 27.91sec.
Other Kenyan swimmers failed to qualify for the finals. Anita Field came home 13th in the women’s 100m freestyle after posting 1:06.46 while Soraya Oruya was placed 14th in 1:06.52 to miss out on qualification to the semis. In the men’s 100m breastroke, Tory Pragasa came home ninth in 1:11.02 with compatriot Micah Feranandez finishing 10th in 1:11.97. In the women’s 50m breastroke, Anita Fields came home ninth in 33.46 sec with Soraya Oruya 12th in 36.34 sec.
Dunford is expected to compete in the 100m and 50m butterfly today as he seeks to win the country’s first gold in the event. Dunford is optimistic oflying the country’s flag even higher after going close on the opening day yesterday. “I raced quite well in the 200m freestyle and 50m backstroke yesterday and I know I can do better in today’s events. I am looking forward to winning gold today,” said Dunford.
Also expected in the pool today are Ramadhan Vyombo in the 50m breastroke and Talisa Lanoe, who is expected to compete in the 200m freestyle, alongside Martha Opiyo, Akinyi Ogot and Ayushi Chandaria.
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