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Coventry for Rio2016 Olympics


“I will be competing at Rio2016 Olympics” — that’s the bold statement from Zimbabwe swimming icon Kirsty Coventry.


And in order to do this successfully, Coventry, on her Facebook account yesterday, said she had started building a team that would take her to the next level.

“This Olympics will be about how far I can push myself — it will be about finding the next level. To do this, I need to be confident. I am confident.

“We have already started building the ultimate team to assist me in getting to that next level. Econet Wireless and Arena International have given me their support and will help ensure I can focus on my goals. My coaches are David Marsh (Head Coach at SwimMac Team Elite) and Kim Brackin (Personal Coach: 2004, 2008, 2012 Olympics). I will be based in Charlotte, North Carolina, (United States) and training with the swimmers at SwimMac Team Elite. I have purposefully surrounded myself with this team because they believe in me and together we will get there,” she said on her official account She added: “To my family, friends and fans, you have supported me for my last four Olympics and I have won seven Olympic medals. Support me in my 5th Olympics and lets see what happens . . .”

Coventry attended and swam competitively for Auburn University in Alabama, in the United States. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, in Athens, Greece, Coventry won three Olympic medals: a gold, a silver, and a bronze, while in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing she won four medals: a gold and three silver.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has called her “a golden girl” and awarded her $100 000 in cash for her 2008 Olympic performance.

At the 2012 Olympics in London, Coventry finished third in her semi-final heat of the 200m individual medley, just edging her into the final, where she placed 6th with a time of 2:11.13.

In the 200m backstroke, she finished outside the medals in sixth place with a time of 2:08.18.

Last year, she was elected to the IOC Athletes’ Commission.

She will serve as an IOC member for eight years.

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