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Zim’s Sports Minister joins International Swimming Hall of Fame

Zimbabwe’s Minister of Sport, Art and Recreation Honourable Kirsty Coventry will tonight be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in the United States of America.

One of the most outstanding Zimbabwean sport personalities, Hon Coventry elevated her status on the international swimming scene after making a very successful campaign out of her second Olympics appearance in 2004 in Athens.

The Sports Minister collected a full set of medals in that Olympiad, winning gold in the 200-meter backstroke, a silver medal in the 100 backstroke and a bronze medal in the 200 individual medley.

The following year, Hon Coventry was even more impressive at the World Championships in Montreal.

She went on to become one of the few athletes in history to win four individual medals at a single world championship.

Hon Coventry won the silver medal in the 200 individual medley and 400 I.M, in addition to winning titles in the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke.

Remarkably, Coventry inflicted one of the few defeats on the then world-record holder Natalie Coughlin, as she won in the 100m backstroke over back-to-back Olympic crowns in 2004 and 2008.

Hon Coventry flew Zimbabwe’s flag high at a time when athletes from smaller nations did not have recognition in sport.

Moreso, Hon Coventry added two more medals at the 2007 World Championships before setting her first world record in early 2008, breaking a 16-year-old standard in the 200 backstroke.

Minister Coventry will be honored for her exploits at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale tonight.

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