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Coventry kicks off campaign


Zimbabwean swimming icon Kirsty Coventry gets her campaign at the London Olympic Games underway by competing in the heats for 100m backstroke at the Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park in London on Sunday.

Coventry, who will be the country’s flag bearer at tomorrow night’s opening ceremony, is expected to progress to the 100m backstroke semi-finals which will take place on Sunday evening.

The 28-year-old seven-time Olympic medallist will then dive back into the pool, this time in the 200m individual medley heats at midday on Monday.

Coventry will have a chance of bagging her first medal during the 100m backstroke final later that day before returning to compete in the 200m individual medley semi-finals. On Tuesday Coventry will be hoping to be among the medal hopefuls who will line-up in the 200m backstroke final.

The swimming star will then have a one-day break on Wednesday before returning to the pool on Thursday (August 2) to compete in the heats and semi-finals of the 200m backstroke.

Coventry is the reigning Olympic champion in the 200m backstroke and will be looking to defend her 200m backstroke gold medal for a third successive Games. Coventry will have an opportunity to finish her campaign on a high if she makes it to the 200m backstroke final which takes place on Friday (August 3).

Coventry, who arrived in London on Monday from her training base in Tunisia, said she was satisfied with the facilities at the Olympic Village, where the athletes are staying.

“This was my first day in the Olympic Village. I have to say, the organisers and the volunteers have been outstanding. I had my first visit to the aquatic centre and excitement took over every other emotion I went through,” said Coventry on her official Facebook page.

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