David and Jason Dunford wrapped up Kenya’s impressive medal haul at the Olympic Zimpeto swimming pool with silver and bronze medal in the men’s 50m freestyle event on saturday, the eight day of the All African Games in Maputo.
David managed to to get a headway of his elder brother on the last 20m as he touched the wall second behind South African Gideon Louw whose time of 22:34sec. was a new Games record. David on the other hand improved on his personal best(22.85)as he stopped the clock at 22.71 sec.with Jason who competed in a record nine events in Maputo finished third in 22.87.
Jason,picked up two Gold medals, three silver and three bronze,three from the relay events. His younger brother equally had an excellent championships as he won his first gold at the Games in the 100m Freestyle.
“Its been a good games, a big improvement on our times,”noted Jason, the Commonwealth 50m Fly Champion.
“I swam a lot of events here which was good for my training but at the olympics next year ill just concentrate on my two events.”
The two brothers were also part of the 4 by 100m Medley relay team which also included Ramadhan Vyombo and Amar Shah who clinched bronze behind South Africa and Algeria.
The women’s basketball team retained their overall fifth ranking at the Games after narrowly edging out Zone Five neighbours Rwanda 54-50 in their classification game played at Desportivo.
Kenya held on to a half basket lead at the end of the first quarter(13-12) against the Rwandese before extending their lead in the next quarter for a 36-24 advantage at the break.
Rwanda closed the gap in the third and fourth quarter which they led 13-6 and 13-12 respectively but it was not enough to see them past the Kenyans. After a string of losses the netball women’s team rediscovered their winning ways with a convincing 89-34 win over Ghana as Uganda maintained their unbeaten streak with a 63-35 win over Zambia and are poised to finish top of the round robin pool.In saturday’s other match Tanzania defeated Zimbabwe 46-37.
The men’s handball team lost to Angola 27-20 in their Games opener and will next play Nigeria.
From the sails
Lara Granier one of the two Kenyan sailors raising in action at the Club Maritimo ranked sixth overall out of the 17 competitors in the Laser Radial event.
Granier who represented the country at last years Youth Olympic Games in Singapore totalled 35 points from the sevens rounds . South African Bridget Clayton won the gold with a score of 17.
Teddy Ndaro finished 16th of the 17 sails in the men’s Laser radial netting a total of (108) in the event won by Tunisian Youssef Akrout(12).
Athletics which is the main programme of the two week long event begins on Sunday at the Olympic stadium.