Kirsty Coventry sets Women’s 100m Backstroke world record, credit falls to Zimbabwe

August 11th, 2008 - 2:37 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

Kristy Coventry, the first African to win a medal at the Beijing games, taking silver in the 4×100 metres womens freestyle relay. She came just 0.44 seconds behind Australia’s Katie Price, who set a new world record.

Coventry touched in 58.77 seconds Monday morning, breaking the mark of 58.97 set by American Natalie Coughlin at last month’s U.S. trials. Coughlin won her semifinal heat in 59.42.

Coventry is the leading qualifier and Coughlin second-fastest going into Tuesday morning’s final. Coughlin won the gold medal four years ago in Athens and Coventry took the silver.

She answered when asked about the feeling of one who sets a couple of World Records this year;

“I think definitely getting those World Records have given me a lot more confidence and self-confidence, but you never want to get too confident and let that kind of play on your head a little bit. So, I’m definitely very aware of what other swimmers are doing and just taking control of things I’m doing and just kind of pushing forward”

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