By Erick Ochieng’
An elated Dunford thanked the crowd who thronged the Kasarani Aquatic Centre to cheer him on as he toiled for the coveted medal at 5:50pm, on Tuesday.
“I thank God, my family and those who helped me to realise this, I hope to do my best in the remaining three categories,” said Jason who will be participating in 50m breaststroke and 100m free style today and 50m free style at the weekend.
He has urged Kenyans to bear with other swimmers who might not win medals at the event saying they are still young and are gaining exposure.
Jason blamed the cold pool and high altitude as the factors slowing down swimmers in the championships.
He admitted the London Olympics was such a disappointment for him and his brother but that is now water under the bridge as his focus is on the oncoming events and championships.
Meanwhile, Kenya’s interest in the African Senior Swimming Championship is to expose swimmers who are out to improve their personal best records.
This is the first time the squad representing Kenya at the championships, apart from Jason Dunford, are participating in a continental senior event.
Save for Dunford, the rest of the Kenyan athletes are young compared to their opponents from 14 other nations at the continental event.
Kenya’s assistant coach Lindsay Takkunen is glad his athletes are inspired and are improving on their times in the championships.