Dunford Finished fifth and just out of the medals in the 100-meter butterfly. Dunford swam a time of 51.47 seconds in a race that saw Michael Phelps of the United States capture his seventh gold medal of the Beijing Games.
Dunford advanced through to the final in the 100-meter butterfly. Dunford finished third in his heat with a time of 51.33 seconds, which gave him the fifth fastest time overall. Dunford will now swim for his first Olympic medal in the final of the 100 fly on Friday, August 15 at 7:10 pm.
Dunford briefly held the Olympic Record in the 100 meter butterfly after swimming a time of 51.14 seconds to win the seventh heat of the opening rounds. However, in the ninth and final heat Milorad Cavic of Serbia and broke Dunford's record with a time of 50.76 seconds. Dunford ended up with the fourth fastest time overall and will advance to the semifinals Thursday, August 14 at 8:55 pm.
In his Olympic debut in the heats of the 100 meter free, Dunford swam well, winning the third heat with a time of 49.06 seconds. However, with seven heats of racing, Dunford saw his time not hold up, eventually finishing with the 24th fastest time, which was not good enough to advance to the semifinals. Dunford will now set his sights on the 100 fly, which he will swim on Thursday, August 14 at 6:02 am...(posted Aug. 12)
Dunford just completed his junior season at Stanford and will be competing for Kenya in the Olympic Games for the first time...Dunford was the Pac-10 swimmer of the month for February 2008...Competed in three individual events at the 2008 NCAA Championships and earned four All-America honors as a member of Stanford relays to give him 14 All-America honors for his career...Captured three gold medals, two silvers, and three bronzes at the 2007 African Games to become the most decorated athlete of the Games.