Chisela Kanchela

Chisela Kanchela
Personal information
Full name Chisela Kanchela
National team  Zambia
Born 4 June 1987
Ndola, Zambia
Died 6 November 2016 (aged 29)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Breaststroke
Club City of Perth (AUS)
College team All Saints' College, Perth (AUS)

Chisela Kanchela (4 June 1987 – 6 November 2016) was Zambian former swimmer, who specialized in breaststroke events.[1] He currently holds numerous Zambian age group records in all breaststroke distances (50, 100, and 200 m), and is trained for the All Saints' College swimming team in Perth, Western Australia ever since he first appeared at the Olympics.[2] Kanchela also competed at the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and 2006, but failed to reach the top 16 final.[3]

Kanchela 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 1:08.75.[4] He participated in heat one against three other swimmers Eric Williams of Nigeria, Amar Shah of Kenya, and Alice Shrestha of Nepal. He raced to second place by a 2.26-second margin behind Williams in 1:09.95. Kanchela failed to advance into the semifinals, as he placed fifty-seventh overall out of 60 swimmers on the first day of preliminaries.[5][6]

Kanchela worked as a swimming coach for the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka, an initiative which aims to develop over 2,000 underprivileged children to swim for a greater cause.[7][8] Kanchela died 6 November 2016.[9]


  1. "Chisela Kanchela". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  2. Nambule, Wendy (14 August 2004). "Zambia: Swimmer Kanchela Mints Gold in Australia". The Post (Zambia). Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  3. "Biography – Kanchela, Chisela". Melbourne 2006. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  4. "Swimming – Men's 100m Breaststroke Startlist (Heat 1)" (PDF). Athens 2004. Omega Timing. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  5. "Men's 100m Breaststroke Heat 1". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 14 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  6. 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.
  7. "OYDC produces Paul, the refined swimmer". Zambia Daily Mail. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  8. Phiri, Prudence (7 April 2013). "OYDC launches swim lessons for disadvantaged children". The Post (Zambia). Retrieved 7 May 2013.
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