Kenya's Jason Dunford to renew rivalry with South Africa's Chad de Clos at Kasarani championship
South African star swimmer Chad de Clos and All Africa Games s multi-event champion Jason Dunford will renew their rivalry at the Africa swimming championships from September 10-16 at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. De Clos won gold at the London Olympic Games in the 200m butterfly beating the likes of multi gold medallist Michael Phelps in the process.
De Clos and Dunford will be the two high profile swimmers at the event and the two are expected to dominate the events in the six day championship Also expected is South's Olympic 100m breast -stroke champion Cameroon van der Burgh. Others include Amanda Lot of South Africa and Osman Melouli of Tunisia. Dunford who was eliminated in the semifinals of the 100m butterfly in London is currently training in California, USA in readiness for the African championships.
Dunford is expected back in the country on Monday from his Stanford University base. Dunford who was eliminated in the semi- finals of the 100m butterfly in London is currently training in California, USA in readiness for the African championships. Kenya Swimming Federation public relations officer Winnie Kamau is expecting a bumper entry from all over Africa. "We are expecting a huge turnout of entries for the competitions which we expect to be very competitive," added Kamau
African swimming powerhouses South Africa and Egypt along with Morocco are expected to battle for supremacy. Countries so far registered for the event include Cameroon, South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Nigeria, Uganda, Seychelles, Congo Brazzaville, Tanzania, Burundi, Algeria, Tunisia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Botswana, Rwanda and Ethiopia along with the host Kenya. Kamau said preparations for the event were going on well;. "The preparations are going smoothly and we are on course to having a good event," Kamau said.
Kenya was to host the tournament two years ago but opted out as the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani was undergoing renovations which ended this year. Kamau said Kenya will field a very competitive team. Kenya are tipped to do well at the event but faces stiff competition from South Africa, Egypt and Tunisia.
The Kenya team will be selected from: Men-Jason Dunford, David Dunford, Ramadhan Vyombo, Kiptolo Boit, Edward Ilako, David Buruchara, Hamdan Bayusuf, Tory Pragassa, Micah Fernandes, Kimani Maina, Abdallah Issa, Hassan Ahmed and Kadernani Abdulmajid. Women-Sylvia Brunlehner, Talisa Lanoe, Anita Field, Emily Muteti, Daniella Awori, Ger Ogot, Martha Opiyo, Sehar Saleh, Akinyi Ogot, Ayushi Chandaria.