Kirsty makes strong comeback

HARARE - Zimbabwe’s swimming sensation Kirsty Coventry made a commendable return to the pool, posting some admirable times at the United States Grand Prix Series.

Zimbabwe’s first-ever and only swimming gold medalist begun her come back following 30 months out with a 4 by 400 metres freestyle victory.

Coventry took to social media to express her delight.

“It feels so good to be racing again. 9th in the 200 backstroke and 2nd in the 4x200m freestyle relay. A great foundation to work from,” she tweeted.

Coventry went on to wins the 200 backstroke B final in 2:13.17

The Grand Prix Austin meet is taking place at the Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Centre (TSC) at the University of Texas.

The seven Olympic medalist is eyeing a shot at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

“Currently tied as the most decorated individual female swimmer in the history of the Olympics, Kirsty has competed in four Olympic Games, won seven Olympic medals, broken seven world records and has been nominated as the African Swimmer of the Year on five separate occasions,” read a press statement issued on Coventry’s website this week.

“She is also a member of the International Olympic Committee where she will serve for an eight-year term.

“In June 2014, Kirsty Coventry announced that she would be moving to the USA to train for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She has spent the last 6 months training with SwimMac Team Elite in Charlotte (North Carolina) under Coach David Marsh.”

Coventry made the decision to train in the USA as she would be exposed to a high level of competition that would assist her in preparing for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Zimbabwe’s Olympian was using Grand Prix Meet in Austin, “as a benchmark. I need to be smarter than I have ever been, I need to be stronger and I need to be faster, as everything in swimming has changed. It’s so much more exciting,” she said last week.

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