Harare, November 6, 2013 – Seven time Olympic Games medal winner Kirsty Coventry has declared she will take part in the 2016 Olympic Games scheduled for Brazil, her last competitive action before she calls it quits.
Coventry said contrary to popular belief she was not calling it quits and is giving it another go in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro with the target being to win at least two more medals before she goes into history as one of the greatest female swimmers ever to have graced the Olympic Games arena.
At the moment, Coventry has seven Olympic Games medals to her credit four of them won in Athens in 2004 and three won four years later in Beijing but she remains not satisfied.
“I have had my dreams and I have fulfilled some of them. There is one left that is to go to Rio, win two medals whether gold, silver or bronze and then go into history as the most successful female swimmer at the Olympics,” said Coventry.
The esteemed swimmer said a lot was said about her participation in London last year but revealed it was her will to compete that forced her to participate despite having suffered a dislocated knee on top of having contracted pneumonia.
Coventry was part of the seven-member Zimbabwean team that was at the 2012 London Olympics but came back empty handed. However, the top swimmer is not disappointed with her performance after finishing sixth in two events.
The former Dominican Convent student said she was concerned with Zimbabwe’s current poor performance on the international sporting front revealing that she is in the process of setting up an academy in Harare whose predominant aim would be to identify talented swimmers and equip them the right platform to succeed.
Although she did not say what her future would be after the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, the five time Zimbabwe Sportsperson of the Year said she was educated enough and would bank on the education she attained during her sports career to find something else to do.
Although the Olympic Games do not include such sporting disciplines as golf, and motor racing, they are considered to be the pinnacle of world sport and with seven medals to her belt, Coventry is considered Zimbabwe’s most successful sportsperson in history.