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Kirsty Coventry's bid fails

KIRSTY COVENTRY'S bid to win a medal in the 100m backstroke at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro ended at the semi-final stage a...

KIRSTY COVENTRY'S bid to win a medal in the 100m backstroke at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro ended at the semi-final stage after the swimming icon finished sixth in her heat.


Only the four top swimmers from the heat qualified for final.

Coventry, the continent's greatest Olympian, was well beaten by her rivals led by American swimmer Kathleen Baker who won the race in 58.84s.

Katinka Hosszu of Hungary was second in 58.94s with Chinese swimmer Yuanhui Fu taking third place in 58.95s.
Kirsty Coventry
Kylee Masse finished fourth of Canada finished fourth in 59.06s.

Coventry could only finish in sixth place in 1 min 0.3s.

"I wanted to make Finals in the 100 Backstroke tonight but didn't," Coventry said on Instagram.

"I have to remind myself that I came 11th in the World at my 5th Olympics and I have always represented Zimbabwe, my friends and family to the best of my ability.

Please keep up the support as I race #JustOneMore on the 11th and 12th in my favourite event – the 200m Backstroke."

Coventry said she was disappointed.

"I am not happy with it. I wanted it to be quicker.

"You know, I knew for this race it was going to be really hard to make finals. But I would have loved just gone out on a 59:9 even," she told Zimpapers' Spencer Banda who is in Rio.