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Kirsty Coventry

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 4
Bronze 1
Total 7
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, IOC member
SexFemale
Full nameKirsty Leigh•Coventry (-Seward)
Used nameKirsty•Coventry
Born16 September 1983 in Harare (ZIM)
Measurements176 cm / 64 kg
AffiliationsAuburn Tigers, Auburn, Alabama (USA) / Texas Longhorns, Austin (USA)
NOC Zimbabwe

Biography

Kirsty Coventry is Zimbabwe’s top Olympian, having won seven of the country’s eight Olympic medals to date. One of the world’s top backstroke and medley swimmers, she won three medals in the 2004 Olympics, including a gold in the 200 m backstroke. She retained that title in 2008, and has added four silver and one bronze medal to her tally. Coventry has also won three long course world titles, winning the 100 and 200 m backstroke in 2005 and her specialty event, the 200 m backstroke in 2009. At the 2008 short course World Championships, she triumphed in four events.

Coventry was elected as an Athlete member of the IOC in 2013. She served in that role until 2021 when she was upgraded to an Individual member of the IOC.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
2000 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) ZIM Kirsty Coventry
50 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 36
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 28
100 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 12
200 metres Individual Medley, Women (Olympic) 18
2004 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) ZIM Kirsty Coventry
100 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
200 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
200 metres Individual Medley, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
2008 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) ZIM Kirsty Coventry
100 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
200 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
200 metres Individual Medley, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
400 metres Individual Medley, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
2012 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) ZIM Kirsty Coventry
100 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 14
200 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 6
200 metres Individual Medley, Women (Olympic) 6
2016 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) ZIM Kirsty Coventry
100 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 11
200 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 6

Organization roles

Role Organization Tenure NOC As
Athlete International Olympic Committee 2013—2021 ZIM Kirsty Coventry
Executive Board International Olympic Committee 2018—2021 ZIM Kirsty Coventry
Individual International Olympic Committee 2021— ZIM Kirsty Coventry

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
2008 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony ZIM Kirsty Coventry
2012 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony ZIM Kirsty Coventry
2016 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony ZIM Kirsty Coventry
2016 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony ZIM Kirsty Coventry

Special Notes