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Relief as Coventry returns to training

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Zimbabwean swimming icon Kirsty Coventry is back at training ahead of the London Olympic Games after recovering from pneumonia.

The 28-year-old swimming star yesterday told her fans on the social networking site Twitter she was now back to full fitness.

“Clear of pneumonia at last. Back to training,” read the update.

Prior to the recent setback, Coventry had been recovering after dislocating her knee cap in March while at a training session in the United States.
Last week the seven-time Olympic medalist, who is now based in the US, said she will be competing in the 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke and the 200m individual medley.

In a statement released by her management, the talented swimmer said her decision to drop the gruelling 400m individual medley at the Olympics would enable her to have more time to train for the other events.

The Olympic champion said recent setbacks due to injury and sickness, which have seen her cut back on the events she has taken part in this year had not affected her confidence and was still looking forward to do well in London.

“I have always been a positive person and I hope I can influence others into remaining positive in hard times,” she said.

“It’s not just about remaining positive though, you need to put plans in place to overcome challenges and work hard with what you have.”

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