• ajullu-bushell switches to british passport

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Aug 14, 2010-

The proposed new Constitution has a provision for dual citizenship. It maybe too late for one of the finest teen swimmers Kenya has ever produced.

 Sixteen-year old Achieng Ajulu-Bushell, 16 who is the third fastest swimmer in the world over 50 meters breaststroke has become a British citizen! Although she competed for Kenya at the last World Championships, the Plymouth College student was due to take a plunge in the pool under her new passport at the European championships in Budapest.

Born in Warrington, Ajullu-Bushell was cleared by the Kenya Swimming Federation, which somehow averted a mandatory three-year lay off as required by the International Olympic Committee regulations. Since moving to Kenya at three years with her mother Helen Bushell, the swimmer has been in a stunning form and was set for the skies before mother country came calling.

She already won British championship in April at her specialty 50 and 100 meters breaststroke. Ajullu-Achieng’s switching of passports is rare as Kenya’s middle and long-distance athletes have been on demand world over. One of the most high profile athletes is steeplechase star Stephen Cherono who now runs for Bahrain under the name Saif Saeed Shaheen.

 Eric Odanga 

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