BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Two-time Olympic champion Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe has announced she will continue swimming through the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.
While skipping the current world championships, Coventry says she will begin training again early next year with coach David Marsh and longtime mentor Kim Brackin in North Carolina. Coventry says, "If I don't get a medal it will be a disappointment but I'm more excited about the process."
With seven Olympic medals overall, Coventry is tied with former Hungarian great Krisztina Egerszegi for the most women's individual medals — excluding relays — in the pool. At the announcement arranged by her sponsor Arena, Coventry says "it would be nice to break that record."
The 29-year-old Coventry recently became an IOC athlete member. She will get married in two weeks.