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Atieno Brunlehner Raring To Swim For Club Games Medal

CAPTION: Kenya’s Sylvia Brunlehner, right, Syria’s Bayan Jumah, left, finish a Women’s 50m freestyle heat at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013.PHOTO/AP
Kenya’s Sylvia Brunlehner, right, Syria’s Bayan Jumah, left, finish a Women’s 50m freestyle heat at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013.PHOTO/AP
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NAIROBI- Kenya- Sylvia Tanya Atieno Brunlehner is looking forward to win a first global medal at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

The Kenyan swimming sensation also wants to post a personal best at the games that will be held on April 4 to 15.

“I have not won any international individual medal except in the African Junior Swimming Championships, but I have won several national trophies.

“Winning one in Australia will put me on the same level with other world beaters,” she underlined.

Atieno’s fitness to achieve her dream revolves around power training which she believes will be vital in her chosen categories.

“I’m doing more strength exercises than endurance ahead of Gold Coast because my main events are sprints,” the physiotherapy student explained.

The 24-year-old is excited to be part of Team Kenya to Gold Coast and that there is no better feeling than representing her country in a sport that she loves.

Even though she has taken part in the past two Club Games, Glasgow 2014 and Delhi 2010, Atieno says she will only be contented if she reaches the medal bracket.

“I only managed to swim best times in some of my events in the two championships I have taken part in. I’m working hard to improve the timings and return home with good rankings and if possible with a gong from Australia,” she says.

Role model

Atieno has reached several finals at the African Championships (both junior and senior), African Youth Games and won national medals over the years.

Her biggest focus is staying in game long enough to fulfill her cherished dream of winning a medal at the Olympics with Tokyo 2020 qualification firmly in her radar.

Women’s 200 m freestyle world record holder and 2008 Beijing Olympic champion, Federica Pellegrini, of Italy and Swedish swimming ace, Sarah Sjöström, are Atieno’s role models in the sport.

“They inspire me a lot. The two have had so much success in swimming for so long, they have also had ups and downs but they don’t give up,” Atieno emphasized.

She confesses that balancing studies and training is the greatest challenge that she is facing in the sport.

Atieno started swimming when she was nine years-old after being introduced to the game by her first coach, Fakhry Mansoor.

She has been coached by Mark Rose at City of Manchester aquatics swim team (COMAST) where she has been living for three years.

Her previous coach was Rohan Taylor of Nunawading Swimming Club in Melbourne, Australia where she completed high school.

PROFILE

Name: Sylvia Tanya Atieno Brunlehner

Age: 24.

Discipline: Swimming

Categories:  50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly.

PAST COMPETITIONS

FINA World Championships: Roma 2009 (LC), Dubai 2010 (SC), Shanghai 2011 (LC), Istanbul 2012 (SC), [1] Barcelona 2013 (LC), [2] Windsor 2016 (SC)

Commonwealth Games: Delhi 2010 (LC), Glasgow 2014

Youth Commonwealth Games: Pune 2008 (LC)

Youth Olympic Games: Singapore 2010 (LC) [3]

All-African Games: Algeria 2007 (LC), Mozambique 2011 (LC)

African Championships: South Africa 2008 (LC), Morocco 2010 (LC)

Africans Junior Championships: Mauritius 2010 (LC)

African Youth Games: Morocco 2010 (LC)

ITU Triathlon: Mauritius 2005, [4] Zimbabwe 2010


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