African Swim Queen: Kirsty Coventry Takes 12th Continental Crown Of Her Career

When flexibility met versatility: Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry 10 years ago at Montreal 2005 Worlds… and still going strong - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Kirsty Coventry, the 2004 and 2008 Olympic 200m backstroke champion on the comeback trail, claimed the 12th All-African Games crown of her career in the 100m backstroke on day 3 of action in Brazzaville this evening

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Kirsty Coventry, the 2004 and 2008 Olympic 200m backstroke champion on the comeback trail, claimed the 12th All-African Games crown of her career in the 100m backstroke on day 3 of action in Brazzaville this evening

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Bad Anon

Kirsty Coventry has represented Zimbabwe with great pride and has been an amazing role model for young people both in and out of the pool. Her Rio quest to win one more medal I’d admit will be tough, but I have full confidence in her and David Marsh putting up something special in Rio. Wishing Kirsty all the best in all her endeavors. Such a quality human being!

commonwombat

Whilst it’s highly likely that she will qualify for Rio (which will be her 5th Olympics); the odds have to be incredibly steep against her being a real factor in any of her events with the 200back being her only real chance of making a final.

Even in London, she was well off medal pace & she hasn’t been anywhere near the times in either IM or back that will be “medal country” for some years. Not impossible, of course, but likelihood …. not great.

Bad Anon

Commonwombat, she has already qualified for Rio 100/200back with 1.00.09 and a 2.10 in the 200back respectively. She was a semi finalist in Kazan and has decent chances of making finals in Rio in both events. The London olympic games came at a time where illness and injury hampered her preparations and she still managed to make finals 200back/200im. Now she’s 4years older and she’s competing with athletes half her age ie 10-15 years younger. Just hope to see her at her best in Rio and we’ll see what she can do

commonwombat

Yes, she has the FINA A times and ZIM will send her for as long as she is still ambulatory & can float !!

Being competitive is another matter. I respect her immensely and would love to see her perform well but she’ll be just shy of 33 in Rio & she really hasn’t been near “the pace” and realistically she’ll be battling.

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