Kirsty Coventry Downs Zimbabwe Record in 50 Back

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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Olympic gold medalist Kirsty Coventry broke her own Zimbabwe record in the women’s 50-meter back at the Arena Pro Swim Series Charlotte.

Coventry turned in a time of 28.23, crushing her previous mark of 28.86 set as a split during the semifinals of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Her swim pushed her to 12th in the world rankings.

Ali Deloof took home second-place honors in the sprint back with a time of 28.57, while Olivia Smoliga wound up third in 28.64.

Kathleen Baker (28.92), Dominique Bouchard (28.94), Clara Smiddy (29.03), Hellen Moffitt (29.05) and Danielle Hanus (32.96) put up the rest of the top times in the A final.

Ontario’s Emma Ball touched out teammate Kylie Masse, 28.85 to 28.86, for the B final win.


  • Women’s 200 free
  • Men’s 200 free
  • Women’s 100 breast
  • Men’s 100 breast
  • Women’s 50 back
  • Men’s 50 back
  • Women’s 100 fly
  • Men’s 100 fly
  • Women’s 400 IM
  • Men’s 400 IM





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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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