Bandari set new national record in Grand Prix championship

Saturday February 09 2019

Soud Hassan of Bandari Swimming Club takes part in the 1500 metre freestyle during the Coast Amateur Swimming Association (CASA) Grand Prix 1 Swimming Competition at KPA Bandari College, Mombasa on February 8, 2019. PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT |


Bandari Swim Club’s girls 12-13 years 4x100 metres freestyle relay team Saturday clocked five minutes 28.34 seconds to set a new Kenya national record during the second day of the Coast Amateur Swimming Association (CASA) Grand Prix 1 Swimming Championship at Bandari College.

The Bandari quartet of 12-year-old Deeya Shah, Hazel Kithiki (13), Aashika Varia (12) and Vivian Hillier (13) broke the previous record of 5:31.81 held by Mombasa Aquatics SC since June 2, 2012.

The star attraction on the second day was 16-year-old Juhaina Islam Ali of Bandari who won girls 15-16 years 50m backstroke in a time of 35.62, followed by her club mates Justine Nelson and Hiral Shah who timed 36.96 and 41.26 respectively. She had won the 1,500m freestyle event on Friday.

Juhaina also clinched the 200m individual medley crown which was dominated by Bandari SC swimmers. She returned 2:45.32 with Justine finishing in 2:559.75 and Josette Umi Njeri taking third place in 3:16.04.

Juhaina’s young sister, Lubaina of Mombasa Aquatics, took three titles in girls 13-14 100m breaststroke in 1:32.85, 200m butterfly in 2:44.26 and 200m individual medley in 2:42.42.

In the boys category, Hassan Soud of Bandari clinched the 19 years and over 1500m freestyle crown in 23:48.75, 100m breaststroke (1:25.44) and 50m backstroke (43.63).


Upcoming youngster Ivan Hart started the day by winning the 11-12 years 100m breaststroke gold medal in 1:21.57 followed by Bandari duo of Khaldun Khuweylid (1:32.19) and Adam Abdulmalik (1:33.40).

Bandari swimmers took five top places in the boys 50m backstroke where Rushab Shah finished first (30.74), Scott Kithiiki, second (31.06), Kunaal Khagram, third (31.09), Mohamed Khandawalla, fourth (31.69) and Stephen Ndegwa, fifth (33.35).

Mombasa Aquatics made it 1-2-3 in boys 11-12 years 50m backstroke where Joshua Masakha took gold (37.15), Sathyam, Gohil (39.37) and Ali Abrary (41.21).

In boys 13-14 years 50m backstroke, E-Em-Hotep Mutinda of Mombasa Aquatics won gold (38.49) with his club mate Daniel Kyabayinze getting silver (39.72) as Rayyan Natha of Bandari settled for bronze.