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Coventry completes successful European tour


Top swimmer Kirsty Coventry wrapped up a successful two-week tour of Europe with two more medals in the closing session of the 48th Sette Colli Trophy in Rome on Sunday evening.

Coventry won her second gold at the tournament in the 200m individual medley before adding a silver medal in the 200m backstroke.

The 27-year-old swimming sensation got her campaign off to an impressive start on Saturday evening by scooping a gold medal in the women’s 400m individual medley.

Coventry returned to the fray towards the end of the session with a dominant 2 minute 11,81 seconds victory in the 200m medley.

At the half-way stage, Evelyn Verraszto of Hungary had a slight edge, 1 minute 02,68 seconds to 1 minute 02,72 seconds, but the experienced Zimbabwean swimmer took 2,5 seconds off her rival on breaststroke, leaving the Hungarian to settle for silver in 2 minutes 13,70 seconds.

The bronze went to South Africa’s Kathryn Meaklim in 2 minutes 14,98 seconds.

Coventry had earlier in the day settled for a silver medal in the 200 metres backstroke where she came second in 2 minutes 09,59 seconds, behind Briton Elizabeth Simmonds who cruised to victory in a meet-record 2 minutes 08,26 seconds.

According to reports from Italy the gap between the two was established almost entirely over the first 100m.

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