NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan swimmers Sylvia Brunlehner, Issa Mohammed
and Steve Maina will have a second attempt to win medals at the
Commonwealth Games after they failed at their first outing in
The three swimmers
will be joined by Emily Muteti and Maria Brunlehner, who are
making their first showing at the games, which will be held at
Gold Coast, in Australia from April 4-15.
“We have selected
swimmers with the highest global swimming organization FINA
points. It is based on merit. These are active swimmers who have
been consistent in their competitions,” Kenya Swimming
Federation official Reginald Okumu said on Monday in Nairobi.
Kenya had 14
swimmers at the 2014 games in Glasgow led by Olympian and former
world record holder Jason Dunford. They all failed to progress
beyond the round of 16.
remains confident the team will do well this time around. “We
hope to secure Kenya medals in Gold Coast. We have a strong team
[that] has done well on the global circuit and with best
preparations we hope to do well,” he said.
Kenya’s Mohammed has
been based in the United States while the Brunlehner sisters
Maria and Sylvia, have been pitching camp in Germany.
Maria is the top
Kenyan swimmer in the FINA rankings with 758 points followed by
Muteti with 750 and Sylvia with 730 points. Mohammed has 711
points followed by Kimani who has 668. Rebecca Kamau (women) and
Rosafo Danilo (men) were placed on the reserve bench and may be
called should Kenya’s swimming slots be increased.
Kenya won 25 medals
in the last games with all but two medals coming outside track
and field. Weightlifting and the Paralympic Games secured a
bronze each while athletics had 10 gold, 10 silver and three
Meanwhile, Kenya has
selected 40 other swimmers to compete at the Cana Zone IV
Championships slated for March 21 to 23 in Lilongwe, Malawi.