• Strong showing for Kenyan swimmers at CANA

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Apr 30, 2012-

Kenyan swimmers had an impressive showing at the Confederation of African Swimming Amateur, CANA zone three and four championships that ended last weekend in Maputo.

Kenya’s youngsters boosted by an equally overriding performance by the seasoned swimmers led by Sylvia Brunlehner saw the country rank an impressive fifth behind the overall winners South Africa.

Hosts Mozambique, Botswana and Zimbabwe rounded up the top four slots in that order in the event that began on 25-28 April. Brunlehner, banking on her vast experience from top level competitions won five individual gold medals and one silver.

The 18-year-old freestyler has represented the country in various international events like the World championships, the Commonwealth games, All Africa games among others. Talisa Lanoe continued her success in her backstroke events by capturing gold in both the 100m and 200m events.

Tory Pragassa of Bandari Swim Team and Graham Walker of ISK won three silver medals each. Anita Field of Braeburn School dominated the The 14& under girls where she picked five individual medals.

Emily Muteti of Mombasa Aquatics grabbed three medals including gold in the 13-14 50m butterfly with a winning time of 31.53 where she picked compatritot teammate Field who clocked a 31.57 for the silver. Kira Evans of the Banda school, won three medals including a gold medal swim in the 100 backstroke with an impressive time of 1:16.37. Ger Ogot and Coral Hayes each brought home one medal each.

In what could be dubbed the “Race of the Competition” the 14 and under girls 4x50 Freestyle Relay team of Emily Muteti, Ger Ogot, Ambaar Michaelo and Anita Field upstage favourites South Africa for the relay gold medal.

The exciting race saw the Kenyan team tap the wall barely a second ahead of the South African team.

“I was so nervous, but all I wanted to do was touch the wall first,” said Anita Field who swam the final leg of the relay with an impressive split of 28.70. Kimani Maina (13-14) and Batian Thorpe(12&Under) were also victorious capturing five individual medals each.

Batian’s new personal best time of 2:23.55 in the 200 freestyle earned the 12 year old gold in his age group.

 

 Evelyn Watta

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