Kirsty Coventry finishes fourth

KIRSTY Coventry put on a commendable display on her return to competitive swimming reaching two individual finals at the Austin Arena Pro-Swim Series meet which ended on Saturday at the University of Texas in the United States.

DANIEL NHAKANISO
SPORTS REPORTER

The Zimbabwean seven-time Olympic medallist concluded her campaign at the three-day meet by finishing fourth in the 200m individual medley final on Saturday evening.

Coventry, representing the SwimMAC Elite team narrowly missed out on a podium as she came fourth in 2:15.89secs after having earlier scratched the 100m backstroke from her schedule to focus on this race.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won the gold medal as she clocked a 2:11.43secs ahead of American Caitlin Leverenz (2:11.84secs) and Hilda Luthersdottir, who finished third in 2:15.12secs.

Kirsty-Coventry

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Coventry later explained her decision to scratch the 100m-backstroke, saying she was happy with her time on the way to finishing sixth in the semi-finals.

The 100m-backstroke event is one of Coventry’s favourites, having broken the World Record in 2008.

“Another good day back in the pool. I was happy with my time in the 100m backstroke, so I pulled out of the finals to focus on 200m individual medley — came fourth Rio2016,” Coventry tweeted Saturday evening.

Coventry had earlier started her campaign on a positive as she was part of the SwimMAC Elite relay team which finished second in the 4x200m freestyle before finishing in 9th position in the 200m backstroke in 2:13.17secs.

“It feels great to be racing again. Ninth in the 200m backstroke and second in the 4x200m freestyle relay. A great foundation to work from,” she said then.

Coventry will be satisfied with her performance at Austin Arena Pro-Swim Series meet as it was her first swimming competition since announcing her intentions to compete at the 2016 Olympics in July last year.

The 31-year-old swimming sensation has been training at her US base in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the past six months and would be hoping to use this weekend’s performance as a springboard towards qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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