Jason scoops Kenya’s first Africa gold


NAIROBI, Kenya, August 11- Olympics finalist Jason Dunford bagged Kenya’s first gold medal at the ongoing Africa Swimming Championships when he won the men 100m butterfly continental title at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

Starting from Lane 4, Jason went on to post 53.16 for his third individual medal of the event to relegate Adel Osman of Egypt (55.47) and Oussama Sahnoune (55.79) of Algeria to the minor podium position to the delight of the home fans.

He made the final after winning his semi in 54.85, the fastest mark of the event where Sahnoune (56.24) and Osman (56.88) rounded the top three qualifiers.

The elder of the Dunford siblings- younger brother David is missing from the event due to studies- was more at home at the pool he complained was a little bit cold in his speciality in defending one of the two continental titles he won in Morocco two years ago.

On Monday, the 25-year-old won silver and bronze in 50m backstroke and 200m freestyle finals and reached the finals of the 100m butterfly at the Olympics.

Jason is scheduled to compete in the 50m backstroke and 100m freestyle heats on Wednesday having won two gold in butterfly and two freestyle silver medals at the Morocco 2010 championships.