Amar Shah

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Amar Shah
Personal information
Full name Amar Shah
National team  Kenya
Born (1985-10-12) 12 October 1985 (age 31)
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, breaststroke
Club Millfield School
College team Nottingham University (GBR)

Amar Shah (born October 12, 1985) is a Kenyan former swimmer who specialized in breaststroke, but also competed in the freestyle relays.[1] He is a single-time Olympian (2004), and a two-time swimmer at the Commonwealth Games (2006, and 2010).[2][3] Shah qualified for the semi finals in 2010 Commonwealth Games setting a national record in the 50m breaststroke in a time of 30.53 He currently holds three long-course Kenyan records in the 50, 100 and 200 m breaststroke. Shah also won a total of bronze medals, as a member of the Kenyan swimming team, in the freestyle and medley relays (along with brothers David and Jason Dunford) at the 2011 All-Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique.[4][5]

Shah qualified for the men's 100 m breaststroke at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, by receiving a Universality place from FINA in an entry time of 1:11.01.[6] He participated in heat one against three other swimmers Eric Williams of Nigeria, Chisela Kanchela of Zambia, and Alice Shrestha of Nepal. He set a Kenyan record of 1:10.17 to earn a third spot by a 2.48-second margin behind winner Williams. Shah failed to advance into the semifinals, as he placed fifty-eighth overall out of 60 swimmers on the first day of preliminaries.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Amar Shah". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Biography – Shah, Amar". Melbourne 2006. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kenya on track for Melbourne". Melbourne 2006. 27 February 2006. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dunford brothers wrap up swim with Silver & Bronze". Sportsnews Arena. 10 September 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Dunford brothers take Silver & Bronze in relay event in Maputo". Kenyan Vibe. Archived from the original on 31 December 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Swimming – Men's 100m Breaststroke Startlist (Heat 1)" (PDF). Athens 2004. Omega Timing. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Men's 100m Breaststroke Heat 1". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 14 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Whitten, Phillip (14 August 2004). "Prelims, Men's 100 Breaststroke: Kitajima, Hansen Qualify One-Two; Japanese Sets Olympic Record". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013.