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Zimbabwe’s swimming sensation Kirsty Coventry won two medals on the first day of the 2011 Mare Nostrum Series in Monte Carlo on Saturday and had a chance of reaping more medals as she was set to compete in two more events later Sunday.

The 27-year-old swimming sensation picked up her first of two silvers in the 200 backstroke after touching the wall in a time of 2:11:57, behind Shiho Sakai of Japan, who won gold with a meet record of 2:07:74.

New Zealander Sophia Batchelor earned a bronze medal after finishing third with a time of 2:15:22.

The seven-time Olympic medallist, who is using the Mare Nostrum Series as part of her preparations towards next month’s FINA World Championships in Shanghai won her second silver in the 400 metres individual medley.

Coventry walked away with the silver in a time of 4:45:28, behind Britain’s Hannah Miley, who took the gold in 4:35:89, while South Africa’s Bianca Meyer won a bronze medal with a time of 4:49:67.

The swimming star was later on Sunday expected to increase her medal haul as he was scheduled to take part in the 100 metres backstroke and 200m individual medley events.

After this weekend’s meet Coventry’s next stop will be at the 48th edition of the International Open Swimming Trophy also known as the Sette Colli in Rome next weekend.

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