By Oscar Pilipili
South Africa-based Roy Kiruri returned to local scene in style after he clocked 2 minutes 45.61 to win boys’ 12-13 age group 200m individual medley at Aga Khan High School Nairobi.
This was during Nairobi Swimming Association (NASA) Age Group Championships that rolled curtains down on the season 2011-12.
Swimming under the colors of his former school Braeburn, Kiruri who is studying at Hilton College in Kwazulu Natal, bursted off the start blocks with great power and maintained the lead throughout the event.
Marco-Aurel Pellegrini of Aqua Kenya Swimming Club touched the wall second in 2:48.06, followed by teammate Robert Ogborn who managed registered 2:51.82.
Makini School prodigy Francis Ogola starred in boys’ 10-11 200m individual medley race which he won in impressive time of 3:10.22. Aqua’s Kabir Bedi clocked 3:13.69, while Strathmore’s Atuhaire Ambala came third in 3:14.13.
In the girls’ 8-9 100m individual medley, Cottar Ella of Banda School splashed to the wall first in 1:44.08 after shrugging off stiff challenge from Ramoina Murugu of Aqua who was placed second in 1:44.38. Lucia Ruchti of Germany School came third in 1:46.84.
The boys’ 8-9 100m individual medley was won by Edward Roest of Kenton College who clocked 1:38.47, while Strathmore’s Bryan Karanja was placed a distant second in 1:54.88 and Gai Ogasawara of International School of Kenya came third in a time of 1:57.28.
Girls’ 10-11 50m backstroke honours went to Virginia Okumu of Braeside after she finished the race ahead of competitors in 42.51.
Hadassa Gichovi of Loreto Convent Valley Road (43.64) and Chantalle Mukabi of Otters (44.00) were second and third.