Coventry record broken

JOHANNESBURG - Kirsty Coventry's African record in the 50-metre backstroke has been broken by South African swimming star Chanelle van Wyk at the ongoing Telkom SA National Aquatics Championships.

The Cape Town-born swimmer posted a world championship qualifying time of 28.55 secs in the 50 metres backstroke as she eclipsed the Zimbabwean’s African best of 28.86.

I have been battling with injury to the rotating blades on both of my shoulders, so I am delighted with the time, said Van Wyk. I missed the SA record (held by Charlene Wittstock at 29.19) by 0,01 of a second in the morning heats, so to better Coventry’s continental record and to post a world championship A standard qualifying time is really exciting.

She eventually qualified for the FINA world Championships to be held in Rome in July.

Other familiar names who will participate at the FINA event, which Coventry has qualified for, include Gerhard Zandberg, Lyndon Ferns, Darian Townsend, Jean Basson and Jasper Venter, all from South Africa.

Post published in: Zimbabwe Sports News

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