• Jason Dunford off to blazing start at World event
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Dec 15, 2010-

Commonwealth Games Swimming Champion Kenya’s Jason Dunford is favoured to pick his first medal at the FINA world swimming championships on Thursday after squeezing into the finals in Dubai.

Barely two months after winning Kenya’s first ever-swimming medal at the Commonwealth Games in the 50m butterfly, the 23 year old is hoping that he can score another first by winning a medal at the global event.

The country’s top swimmer started off strongly in the Dubai waters posting the day fastest time of the 12 qualifying heats of the men’s 100m Butterfly on Wednesday of 50.38.

Another Kenyan Edwin Boit was way off the qualifying mark for the semis clocking 1:01.09,finishing about 10 seconds off Dunford had tapped the wall.

However the Kenyan torpedo almost missed out on the finals after placing third in the second semifinal (50.98) won by Polish Konrad Czerniak (50.77) the slowest of the eight finalists to qualify.

“I look forward to gunning for Kenya's first ever medal at a swimming World Championships,” Dunford was quoted by FINA in Dubai. “The competition will be very stiff but I am beginning to show my ability to compete with the best in the world, so I look forward to putting Kenyan swimming on show once again.”

Venezuela’s Albert Subirats’s- the silver medalist at the 2006 world championship in Shanghai qualified fastest from the first semi final in 50.51.

Dunford and his younger brother David trained in Italy for the world Championships taking place from 15 – 19 December.

The two brothers will be in action on Thursday in the men’s 50m freestyle qualifying heats.

Another Kenyan Hamdan Iqbal Bayusuf ranked 67 of the 71 competitors in the men’s 100m Backstroke while compatriots Sehar Saleh and Sonia Cege placed 51st (36.89) and 56th (38.60) in the women’s 50m breastroke respectively.


Evelyn Watta

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