This is Coventry’s last chance for a medal and Zimbabwe’s biggest hope as she has been the best swimmer in this event winning gold at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.
Coventry reached the final after finishing second in the semi finals with a time of 2:08:32 which was the sixth fastest in the semi finals but that cannot be used to judge the outcome of the final.
In fact, Coventry holds both the Olympic and world records in this 2008 metre backstroke having set the world record of 2:04:81 at the world championships in Rome in 2009 and the Olympic record of 2:05:24 at the last Olympic Games in Beijing China in 2008, and another gold at the London Olympics will be enough for her to have her name in the Olympic Games Hall of Fame.
Only two women swimmers, Australian Dawn Fraser in1956, 1960, and 1965, and Krisztina Egerszegi of Hungary in 1988, 1992, and 1996 have won three successive gold medals while one man Michael Phelps has achieved that by winning in 2004, 2008, and 2012.
This is her last event at the London Olympics and Zimbabwe’s biggest hope for a medal after the seven time medal winner crashed out of both the 100 metre backstroke and the 200 metre Individual Medley events, the only competitions she had entered.
But whatever happens Friday evening, Coventry will remain Zimbabwe’s greatest ever representative at the world sporting extravaganza.