David Dunford

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David Dunford
Personal information
Full name David Harvey Dunford
Nationality  Kenya
Born (1988-09-29) September 29, 1988 (age 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, Backstroke
College team Stanford University

David Harvey Dunford (born September 29, 1988 in Nairobi) is a swimmer from Kenya who specializes in sprint freestyle. He is an African champion, Commonwealth Games finalist and the second Kenyan swimmer in history to qualify for the Olympic Games (the first one is his older brother Jason Dunford). He belongs to the White minority in Kenya.[1]


His first major senior competition were the 2005 World Championships in Montreal, but the young swimmer failed to advance heats.[2]

At the 2006 Short Course World Championships in Shanghai he reached the 200 metres backstroke final, finishing 8th.[3] At the 2006 Commonwealth Games, he participated several races, the best result being reaching a final and finishing 7th at 50 metre freestyle. Later that year, at the 2006 African Swimming Championships he won 100 metres and 200 metres backstroke, becoming the first Kenyan African Champion alongside his brother Jason. David Dunford was selected as the Most Promising Sportsman in Kenya in 2006.[4]

In 2007 he participated the World Championships and All-Africa Games.

He participated the 2008 FINA Short Course World Championships in Manchester in April 2008 and reached the 50m and 100mfreestyle semifinals, finishing 12th in both races.[5][6]

David Dunford competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He participated the 50 metres freestyle race, finishing 20th overall in heats and missing the semifinals by only 0.12 seconds.[7] He did not participate the 2008 African Swimming Championships due to his studies.[8]

At the 2009 Summer Universiade he reached the 50 metres freestyle final, finishing sixth.[9] At the 2009 World Championships he reached semifinals in the 50m freestyle.[10]

Family life[edit]

David is son to Martin and Geraldine Dunford. Martin Dunford is the Chairman of the Tamarind Group, which owns the famous Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi,[11] Geraldine, granddaughter to the famous Abraham Block, founder of Block Hotels is the marketing executive. Martin is also the vice chairman of the Kenya Swimming Federation and the patron of the Nairobi Amateur Swimming Association (NASA).[12] He has two brothers, Robert and Jason. Robert, is a graduate of the London School of Economics where he was captain of the Rugby Club. Jason is also a swimmer and represents Kenya.

After early childhood in Kenya, he went to Marlborough College, a secondary school in the United Kingdom, after which he attended Stanford University in California, where he studied Management Science and Engineering.[13]


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