Meet Achieng’ Ajulu-Bushnell; born March 20th, 1994 (do the math). She stands at only 5ft 4in and weighs 52 kilos. Remarkably, Achieng (Aqua Ace) Ajulu's birth date is also the World Water Day! WT*...?!
AquaAce is ranked 54th in the world in the 50m breaststroke with a time of 32.22, which is also a Kenyan record. The Junior World Record is 32.05 held by China’s Qun Wang (who is 4 years older than AquaAce, by the way), is well within her sights. Watch out for a great rivalry between the two swimmers at the 2012 Olympics.
By completing a 50m and 100m breaststroke double, AA is hot on the heels of Africa’s greatest female swimmer-Penny Heyns. Penelope "Penny" Heyns is best known for being the only woman in the history of the Olympic Games to have won both the 100m and 200m breaststroke events - at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Achieng’ Ajulu Bushell – gunning to rewrite the remarkable tales of female African swimmers at the 2012 London Olympic Games. She’ll just have turned 18.
Coming from a country that gave rise to the 'audacity of hope' - you can bet your life savings that AA CAN and very possibly WILL be Africa's greatest female swimmer.