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Zimbabwe's Coventry wins 200m medley title

30 July 2002

Another Games record is shattered as Kirsty Coventry triumphes in the pool at Manchester 2002.

Kirsty Coventry

Kirsty Coventry proudly shows off her medal

Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry knocked three seconds off her personal best to take Commonwealth gold ahead of her big name rivals.

The swim of 2:14.53 was also recorded as a new Games record eclipsing the previous best time set by fellow competitor and defending champion Canadian Marianne Limpert at the Kuala Lumpur Games in 1998.

Limpert raced Coventry hard throughout the 200m distance but eventually was forced to settle for the bronze medal position clocking a time of 2:15.07.

Australia's Jennifer Reilly, who many expected to figure in the medals, was disqualified from the finals, intially but was reinstated to the silver medal position after the Australian team's protest aginst Reilly's alleged infringement was upheld.

Whilst good news for Reilly, it meant disappointment for Canada's Elizabeth Warden who had been awarded the bronze medal following Reilly's disqualification.

New title holder Kirsty Coventry said: “I am quite amazed. It hasn’t really sunk it yet, and doesn’t seem very real. I had a pretty terrible swim this morning."

"I was seeded fourth coming into the Games, I just wanted to do better tonight than I did this morning.”

Marianne Limpert said: “I’m pleased with the position, not so pleased with the time."

“Obviously I wanted to win, but to be honest, I couldn’t see Lane 8 coming up outside me to pip me. It’s a building block for Athens in two years’ time.”

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