Africa swimming championships in Nairobi

Giants South Africa and Egypt continued to dominate the ongoing Africa swimming championships being staged in Nairobi.

However, individual brilliance by Kenyan Jason Dunford, who has so far clinched five medals — two gold, two silver and bronze, eclipsed the host’s poor show in the event.

Kenya is patched on fifth place in the championship with a total of 107 points as bigwigs South Africa firms its grip at the top with 447 followed by Egypt with 336.

Algeria finished third with 178 points while Tunisia settled fourth with168 points. Other teams who have brought along their competitors are Angola (80) in sixth place, Senegal (21), Namibia (17), Mauritius (11), Botswana (5), Seychelles (4), Nigeria (4) and Rwanda (2).

On Saturday, Egypt’s Ahmed Akram won the 200m butterfly event in 2:04.92. Most swimmers are keen to improve their times with focus being to qualify for the world championship to be staged in Turkey this December.

Algerian Khelifati Nesrine was the main casualty in the women’s 200m individual medley after she was disqualified following her unconventional swimming technique.

Kenyan women came last in the 400m medley relay with a time of 5:02.09.The event was won by South Africa who clocked 4:18.31.

“Kenya having hosted the all African games in 1987 had already an Olympic facility which makes an obvious choice when holding international events as well as previous hosting of African Swimming Confederation (CANA) zone 3 and 4 in 2010,” the Organizing secretary of the Africa swimming Championships, Nasra Field said.

The biennial event organized by CANA has brought together 18 teams from South Africa, Egypt, Algeria, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Mauritius among others.

Six nations are participating at the event for the first time including Rwanda, Burundi, and Seychelles.

“The competition levels have increased and the numbers of swimmers interested in the sport throughout African continent in general have improved,” said Fields.

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