More records crashed as the Coast Age Group swimming championships came to an end at the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, yesterday.
Mohammed Khandwalla of Jaffery Academy was the star after he broke two records to his credit.

Khandwalla set the first national record in the boys’ 12-13 years 100m backstroke when he erased Nobby Obura’s 2014 record of 1.09.50 to set a new record of 1.07.60.

The one record was not enough and Khandwalla was again at it in the boys’ 12-13 years 50m backstroke to set another national record in which he also smashed Obura’s record of 40.82 to resgister a new time of 31.30.

National record breaker Emmily Muteti registered a new record in the girls’ 16 years and over 50m butterfly. She erased Silvia Brunehler’s 2012 record of 29.65 to set a new one of 29.19 and also broke her own record of 30.10 in the 50m to set a new time of 29.19.

Tiana Vora of Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, clocked 22.45.22 to win the girls’ 10-11 years 1,500m freestyle, while Nabiha Shikely and Juhaina Islam, both of Mombasa Aquatics, clocked 20.32.56 and 22.06.43 for the first and second positions respectively in the girls’ 12-13 years 1,500m freestyle.

In the boys’ 14-15 years 400m individual medley, Mahir Harunani of Mombasa Aquatics smashed a meet record of 5.26.25 set by Shivraj Vaghela in 2012 to register a new time of 5.10.77, beating Shaan Vora of Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, who clocked 5.25.72 for the second slot.

The Bandari Swim Club team of Rajabali Emma, John Paul, Aheer Chatterjee and Lanisha Salim, coached by Fakry Mansoor, won the boys’ 10-11 years 200m medley relay in a time of 2.35.35. Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, and Nyali Primary School swimmers settled for the second and third positions in 2.38.68 and 2.42.60 respectively.

Mohammed Suleiman of Mombasa Aquatics won the boys’ 16 and over 400m freestyle in a time of 4.55.87. Sirhaan Khan, also of Mombasa Aquatics, was second after stopping the clock in 5.58.83.

Most of the swimmers used the championships to gauge themselves ahead of next month’s South African Level One and Two swimming galas.

Durban City will be the venue for the Level One meet from March 27-29, while the Level Two championships are set for East London between March 19 and 22.

By Ernest Ndunda, The Standard

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