Coventry fails in 100 metre backstroke

Zimbabwe’s Kirsty Coventry on Sunday failed to reach the final of the 100 metre backstroke at the 2012 London Olympics after finishing seventh in an event that drew together eight participants.

Kirsty Coventry
Kirsty Coventry

Coventry’s time of 1 minute and 24 seconds was not good enough to qualify her for the final in a semi final that was won by Emily Seebohm of Australia with a time of 58.39 seconds.

Seebohm lowered the mark of 58. 77 seconds set by Coventry at the last games in Beijing. In fact, the Zimbabwean seven medal Olympics winner reached the semi final after finishing fourth in her heat but went through by virtue of a good time.

"I've been up and down coming into the competition with my knee and then pneumonia, so I'm just excited to be here," Coventry said after the event. "I'm just enjoying my fourth Olympics and I'll see what I can do."

Coventry failure is a big blow to Zimbabwe as she is the country’s biggest medal hope following the withdrawal from the Olympics of long jumper Ngoni Makusha due to injury.

Makusha finished fourth just behind South Africa’s Khotso Mokoena at the last Olympic Games in Beijing, China and was a medal hope before injury forced him out of the London Olympics.

Coventry has won seven medals at the Olympic Games including two silver medals in the 100 metre backstroke at both the Athens Games in 2004 and the 2008 Games in Beijing.

At the Athens Games she also won a gold medal in the 200 metre backstroke and a bronze in the 100 metre Individual Medley while in Beijing she also took gold in the 200 metre backstroke in addition to silvers in the 200 metre and 400 metre Individual Medley.

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