Commonwealth Games

Bronze for Schoeman in Delhi

2010-10-06 13:44
Roland Schoeman (File)
Cape Town - Jason Dunford won gold on Wednesday in the men's 50m butterfly final, giving Kenya an unexpected first win in the pool in New Delhi.

The 23-year-old touched first in 23.35 in the powerful "splash and dash", just 0.02 of a second ahead of Australia veteran Geoff Huegill, who was making his return to top level international swimming after retiring in 2004.

Huegill, who won the inaugural event in Manchester back in 2002 and lost a staggering 45kg to get back in the Australia side, held on for silver ahead of South Africa's Roland Schoeman, who took his title in Melbourne four years ago.

Australia's Mitchell Patterson just missed out on a medal but teammate Andrew Lauterstein had to miss out on the final due to a stomach bug.

US-based Dunford, whose brother David is also swimming in New Delhi, was the fastest qualifier for the race.

His victory comes after he made a surprise appearance in the World Championships finals in Rome last year and at the Olympics in Beijing.

Home nation India had its first competitor in a swimming final in the shape of Vikram Khade. He finished seventh.


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