Olympics experience over for the two Kenyan swimmers

By evelyn watta
Aug 08, 2016
  • Hamadan Bayusuf, finished sixth in his 100m Backstroke heat.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Talisa Lanoe and Hamadan Bayusuf’s Olympic run ended minutes after it started, both falling below their targets of improving their personal bests in their respective swims at the Olympics aquatics centre in Rio.

Lanoe was the first to dip in the Olympic pool in the 100m backstroke but was slow off the blocks and was already trailing the Hong Kong leader by almost four seconds after the opening 50meters which she timed 33.65 that already knocked her off her 1 minute 07 target for Rio.

Lanoe who set her personal best of 1:07.05 at the world championships was the last to tap the wall from the qualifying heat. She timed 1:10.02 as the heat winner Lau tapped the wall in 1 minute 01.27 seconds.

Bayusuf also fell short as he writhed to catch up in the men’s 100m backstroke which he covered the 50 in 28.29 seconds.

He was timed at 1:00.28 for sixth of the seven qualifiers topped by Merdan Atayev of Turkmenistan in 56.34.

The Kenyan was also looking to better the 1:00.07 he set in Russia last year.

Meanwhile, Hungarian Katinka Hosszu produced one of the great Olympic swims to underline why she is the greatest woman all-rounder in the sport, smashing the 400m individual medley world record to land the gold medal that had always eluded her.

Hosszu's extraordinary swim of 4: 26.36 seconds, which sliced 2.07 off Chinese Ye Shiwen’s mark, was one of three world records set day one of the swimming programme with Australia's all-conquering 4x100m relay quartet, featuring sisters Cate and Bronte Campbellalso revising his own landmark in the afternoon heats of the 100m breaststroke.

Hosszu has 11 long and short-course world titles but, remarkably for someone of her rare talent, never an Olympic medal.