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Coventry on recovery path

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Zimbabwe Olympic medal hopeful Kirsty Coventry will be back in action in the second week of May after suffering a setback when her kneecap dislocated during a run last week.

Zimbabwe Olympic Committee said in a statement yesterday: “This is the timeframe it should take for the leg to heal. Although some time will be lost from her normal training schedule, Kirsty was on good form before the injury occurred and she continues to train her upper body in the gym and with the aid of a float and tying her feet together, she is able to continue some swimming.”

Her manager Tyrone Seward confirmed her return in May.

“This will be the Charlotte Ultraswim to be held on May 10-13 in Charlotte, North Carolina. We are taking everything one week at a time and micro-managing the process and planning for the Olympics,” he said.

Coventry said: “I was really scared when this happened. It has happened before, but never this close to the Olympics. I am in very good hands and remain positive that I can get back on track for the games soon after my knee is strong again.I received some great messages of support via Twitter and Facebook and this has kept me focused on what needs to be achieved. I also received very encouraging phone calls from people close to me and this has heightened my determination to get better soon and continue to make Zimbabwe proud. These are trying times for me, but I know the universe is not against me, the universe is merely testing my strength and increasing my faith.”

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