Dunford For World Cup Swim in Dubai

Oct 01, 2021
  • Jason Dunford will be in action at the World Cup series Tuesday.(Photo:SNA FILE)

Multiple Africa champion Jason Dunford is Kenya’s sole representative at the FINA/AARENA Swimming World Cup which starts on Tuesday at the the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex in Dubai.

Dunford won gold in Dubai last year. Over 30 countries will be represented in the two-day event where three Olympic gold medalists, 11 current World Record holders and 10 current World Champions will provide a spectacular swimming action.

Some 130 swimmers from 32 countries will be competing in the event which is the first leg of an eight leg world circuit being held between now and November 11.

After Dubai Dunford  plans to swim in the remaining series to Doha, Stockholm, Moscow, Berlin, Beijing and Tokyo before finishing in Singapore.

After a disappointing London showing, Dunford warmed for the world series with three gold medals,two silver and a bronze.

The World Cup has run in its current format since 2007 and offers prize money for each race, bonuses for world records, and a $100,000 USD prize for the overall winner of the series, making it one of the most coveted titles in swimming.

The 2007 FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup winners were Randall Bal of USA and the indomitable Therese Alshammar of Sweden.

Alshammar went on to come second overall for the next two years before taking the overall title again in 2010 and 2011.

Remarkably, at 35, she is still the woman to beat and remains a serious contender for the title again, kicking off her defence in Dubai.

Cameron van der Burgh is also a two time previous winner, having picked up the overall crown in 2008 and 2009. He hopes to continue his winning form in Dubai following his recent triumph at the London Olympics where he took gold in the 200m breaststroke.

The list of countries represented this week is as wide ranging as it is impressive. Traditional swimming powerhouses such as USA, Australia, Germany and Russia will be matching it with the strong South African, Swedish and Hungarian teams.

Other countries also represented which should feature in the medals include China, Ukraine, Japan and Kenya.

“The competition this year will be amazing, with many strong swimming nations represented here. With so many nationalities here in Dubai we are hoping that the crowds come out to support their country’s teams” said Dr Ahmad Al Falasi, General Secretary of Dubai Sports Council and Chairman of the Organising Committee.

The Dubai competition, which will take place on October 2-3, will be the first of the eight-leg highly competitive World Cup series.

The Swimming World Cup is contested in a 25m pool and sees both men and women vying for prize money in each of the 36 events.


 Sportsnewsarena Correspondent in Dubai

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