Burundian swimmer breaks meet record
Billy Irakoze (IBA Junior) poses for a photo at the conclusion of the KSF Nairobi Age Group Championships held from May 25 - 27 at Makini School. PHOTO: STEFFI OWINO
By Myra Wendo & Antonio Longangi
IBA Junior Billy Irakoze broke the 50 meters freestyle record during the Kenya Swimming Federation Nairobi Age Group Championships held from May 25 to 27 at Makini School. In 25.3 seconds, Mr. Irakoze outswam teammate David Ngare (International Relations Junior), as well as fellow challengers from Barracuda Swim Club, Kenyatta University and Makini School, thus successfully defending his title as the KSF Age Group Ironman Swim Champion.
The swim team, who are also known as Dolphins, emerged ninth overall in the 16 and above age bracket, with the men winning the 1st runner-up trophy.
The team’s next outing is at the Coast Amateur Swimming Association (CASA) championships from June 29 to July 1 in Mombasa, to be followed by their participation in the SEAL Championships to be held from July 5 8, in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.
Meanwhile, mixed results marked a busy weekend for members of the basketball, hockey and soccer teams.In the Kenya Basketball Federation Premier League, the ladies basketball team narrowly lost 48 – 49 against Storms on Saturday, May 26, but then defeated Kenyatta University’s Oryx by 43 – 40 on Sunday, May 27. However, it was not all rosy for their male colleagues who lost 49 - 53 against the Blades, but won resoundingly against the Trailblazers 68 – 39, before losing once more against Strathmore University 35 – 47.
The men’s hockey team lost to the Nakuru Hockey Club by a solitary goal in a Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) Premier League game in Nakuru on Saturday, May 26. Their female counterpart drew against the University of Nairobi, in a friendly match held on campus.In the Universities and Colleges Football League, the men’s soccer team was held to a 1 – 1 draw against Utalii College last Saturday, May 26, while their female counterparts shared the same result against the National Youth Service (NYS) team in the same league.
- Written by Ernest Anguru