Kirsty qualifies for World Champs

HARARE - Kirsty Coventry secured a World Championship place with a win in the 200-metre backstroke at the Arena Pro Swim Series Mesa in Arizona, United States over the weekend.

The 31-year-old two-time Olympic gold medallist, who is currently training at SwimMAC, demonstrated that age is no hurdle after coming from behind at the touch to pick up the win.

Coventry threw down a 2:12:05 to earn a place at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

She won this event at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, and is looking for more on her Road to Rio for Zimbabwe.

Posting on her Facebook account, Coventry said she was “slowly proving that she was not too old” to be competing against the best.

“I had to swim the 200m Individual Medley followed directly by the 200m Backstroke so I wasn't sure how I was going to do,” she said.

“I trusted my coaches and had faith in my training: 4th in the 200IM and then 1st in the 200Back. Felt good to touch first again - more importantly, I got my qualifying time for the World Championships in August.”

Her latest success comes barely a fortnight after she was honored by Auburn University in Alabama, United States.

The former Dominican Convent student attended and swam competitively for Auburn University and it came as no surprise when she was inducted into Auburn University Hall Of Fame.

She was inducted along five other Auburn University luminaries which include Eric Shanteau, Ralph Crocker, David Marsh.

Richard Quirk and Jimi Flowers join the list as honourary inductees

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