Another gold for Kirsty


Another day in office, another gold medal in the bag and another record at the All-Africa Games, it can only be Kirsty Coventry.

The swimming sensation has once again done the country proud by winning country’s second gold medal at the ongoing 10th edition of the All-Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique on Wednesday.

Coventry romped to victory in her 100 metres backstroke specialty with an impressive 1:00,86, setting a new All-Africa Games record by more than a second.

Ironically, she is one who had set the old record at the 2007 All-Africa Games in Algeria with a time of 1:01,28.

This is the second gold medal Coventry has won for the country at the games, following her exploits in the 400m individual medley on Monday evening when she clocked 4:44,34.

Another gold medal was in the offing for Team Zimbabwe as Coventry was expected again in the pool last night after qualifying for the final of the 4x100m relay freestyle.

She was partnered by Nicole Horn, Samantha Welch and Kirsten Lapham.

Zimbabwe swimming ace Coventry alongside Lapham had also qualified for the finals of the 200m butterfly event which was scheduled for Wednesday night.

Earlier on in the day, Lapham had competed in the 400m freestyle finals, but agonisingly missed out on the medal after she came fourth.

While the swimming team continue to raise the country’s flag high at the games, it is not all rosy for Team Zimbabwe in other disciplines. The country’s national basketball team crashed out on Wednesday after losing their fourth match.

Meanwhile US-based tennis star Takanyi Garanganga flew into Maputo on Wednesday ahead of his first match on Friday.

The former African Junior champion, who is ranked the 11th best player in Africa and 607 in the world, is a strong medal prospect for the country.

Fellow tennis star Mark Fynn who is based in Cape Town, South Africa, was also expected to join the rest of the Zimbabwe squad on Wednesday.