The Star (Nairobi)

Africa: The Golden Child

Kenyan picks fourth and fifth medal at African swim show

Jason Dunford clinched his second gold of the Africa senior swimming championship at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani yesterday. The medal cxoming in the 50m butterfly event on the third day of the championships was the fifth for the 2007 All Africa Games multi-event medallist.

Yesterday Dunford raced to an early lead and never looked back as he posted 24.05 to win the country's second gold at the championships. Algeria's Sahounne Ousssama took the silver in 25.49 with Angola's Matias Joao taking the bronze in 25.59. Dunford was delighted with his performance, butterfly being his strongest event.

"I m truly delighted. Victory did not come easily. I was pushed hard by Qussama but I gave it my all and pushed myself to the limits to win the gold for Kenya," he said. Dunford thanked the fans who turned up in large numbers to cheer him and the rest of the Kenyan swimmers.

"I would like to thank the Kenyan fans for giving us the support and encouraging us. Its been great to see them cheering our team in this championship," he added. Dunford had earlier clinched silver in the 100m freestyle. He clocked 51.20 with South African rival Myles Brown going home with the gold in 51.06 after a thrilling finish. Senegal's Abdoul Khadre Mbaye took the bronze in 51.51.

Dunford found the race tough and said Brows was a strong rival. "Myles is a strong competitor he really pushed hard in the final 50m and that took him to the gold," Dunford said. The Kenyan top swimmer will now switch his attention to the 50m freestyle event on Sunday. "I will take a break tomorrow (today) and get some rest before resuming training on Friday for my final swim on Sunday and I hope to finish with a bang," added Dunford.

Sonia Cege finished seventh in the women's 400 metre freestyle event. She posted 5:24.62. South Africa's Michelle Webber took the gold in 4:19.60 with Egypt's Reem Mohamed going home with the silver in 4:26.55. Warnes Rene of South Africa settling for bronze in 4:28.25 In the women's 50m breaststroke Mai Atef of Egypt posted 34.57 with Nicholas Tara of South Africa coming home second in 34.90. Zeineb Khalifa of Tunisia was third in 35.42.

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