It was the final Olympic swim for the former Auburn swimmer in her fifth Summer Games dating back to 2000.
Coventry, who swam for the Tigers from 2005-08, ends her career as the most decorated Olympian from the African continent with seven medals: Two Gold, three Silver and two Bronze.
Zimbabwe's Kirsty Leigh Coventry celebrates after a women's 200-meter backstroke semifinal during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) Kirsty Coventry capped off her illustrious Olympic career with a sixth-place finish in the 200-meter backstroke Friday in Rio.
Representing her home country of Zimbabwe, Coventry swam a .80, finishing behind winner Madeline Dirado of the United States (.99).
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She attended and swam competitively for Auburn University in Alabama, in the United States.Other awards include 2005 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Swimmer of the Year, and the 2004–05 SEC Female Athlete of the Year.HARARE - Zimbabwe's swimming sensation Kirsty Coventry’s fiancé, Tyron Seward, has announced he will pay lobola this month before proceeding with wedding plans in the last quarter of next year.Coventry, who turned 29 recently, has been dating Seward for three years. I was into Safaris then mining but stopped to support her. Kirsty and Tyrone, however, are not planning to have kids soon.The couple, who met in Johannesburg through mutual friends, have been travelling together around the world for the past two years with Seward acting as Coventry’s manager. “She definitely loves kids and we will probably have two or three, but she has not decided whether she should quit or continue swimming,” said Tyrone.