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Brunlehner claims new record

Tuesday December 2 2008

By SAMMY KITULA

Sylvia Brunlehner of Mombasa Academy, easily destroyed the waters as she set a new national record in the on-going Africa Senior Swimming championship in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Brunlehner, who recently represented the country in the Commonwealth Junior championships in Pune, India, erased the 50metre backstroke 34.19 last year record set by Ajullu Bushell after she clocked 33.25.

Brunlehner’s sterling performance is just but a continued Kenya domination in the continental games.

Kenya has already won three gold medals thus far, and as the team’s manager, Winnie Kamau says, things are bound to get better.

“I’m sure that we are to win more medals this time. All the swimmers are upbeat of doing us proud again, just as we did in Senegal, two years back,” she said.

The Senegal’s performance was a milestone, being the first time for Kenya to win a continental medal in the history of swimming, let alone its nine gold medal haul then.

Capitalise on experience

After Jason Dunford struck gold in men’s 50 metre backstroke and a silver in 200 metres freestyle, by the time of going to press, the swimming torpedo was scheduled to take part in his favourite, 100 metres butterfly.

Some of the countries at the championship include, Namibia, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt and Nigeria.

Other swimmers in the event are, Rama Vyombo, Akshay Shah, Mahmood Food, Pina Ercolano, Achieng Ajulu, Rachita Shah. Besides Jason, Vyombo, Ercolano, Ajulu and Rachita were also in Senegal and are expected to capitalise on their experience to win medals

Vyombo is a seasoned swimmer who has represented Kenya in several international events including Commonwealth Games. And in the absence of David Dunford, Akshay Shah and Mahmoud Food should play a big role in ensuring the country continues to reign in the pool.

Kamau has tipped the multiple All African Games champion Jason who won three gold medals, (50m, 100m and 200m butterfly), two silver (50m freestyle) and three bronze medals (50m backstroke, 100m and 200m freestyle) to splash his way to Kenya’s success in the pool.

“There is a lot of confidence for the swimmers to do us proud and I’m sure Jason would help in stretching other opponents. But people back home have to understand the level of competition will be high,” she said. After she failed to make it to Beijing Olympics, Ercolano will be lining up to register impressive times as well. “I have been swimming well but so have a lot of other swimmers around the continent.”

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