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The Kenya Swimming Federation released a preliminary list of 13 swimmers for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics on Thursday.
However, only two of the 13 will take part in the games. The two final qualifiers will be selected based on the times.
Kenya sent four representatives to the 2019 World Cup – Maria Brunhlener and Muteti on the women’s side; Rosafilo and Issa Abdalla about the men. Kenya had two swimmers who qualified for the 2016 Olympics (Hamdan Bayusuf and Talisa Lanoe). Kenya also won a bronze medal at the 2019 African Games in the 400 medley relay (Kamau, Muteti and the Brunelehner Sisters).
Patrick Muyah, the Kenya Swimming Federation’s interim chairman, said all 13 are training at their respective bases to prepare for the games. Four of the women live in the US, including Kamau, who swims in the northwest. KSF has a memorandum of understanding for swimmers in the country to connect with the South African Swimming Federation and provide access to training facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
« It’s not just for the present but it’s a long-term deal that we hope will improve our swimmers, « said Muyah. « South Africa has excellent facilities and coaches and I am confident that we will take advantage of it in many years. »