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Coventry In Seventh Heaven

Jul 18, 2007  - Craig Lord

US-based Zimbabwean Kirsty Coventry took to seven the number of gold medals won at the All-Africa Games in Algiers when she concluded her campaign with two more victories, over 50m freestyle and 200m medley.

If the freestyle sprint was modest in world terms, at 26.19, the medley was not, triumph hers in 2:13.02.

Coventry also helped Zimbabwe to the silver medal in the 4x100 freestyle relay behind a dominant South African quartet, for whom victory took 4:10.90.

South Africa picked up three other golds. Melissa Corfe taking the 400m freestyle in a Games record of 4:15.53, Gerhard Zandberg the 100 backstroke in 56.53, and Troyden Prinsloo in a Games record of 15:24.93 over 1500m freestyle.

There was also another gold medal for the Kenya who is aiming to be the first from his country to win an Olympic medal in the pool. Jason Dunford is closer to that target over 100m butterfly, of course, but his win over 200m today came in a decent-enough 2:02.82.

Algeria's Salim Iles gave the home crowd a thrill with a gold and Games record of 22.34sec over 50m freestyle.

On the final day of action in the pool, the website of the Games got a few results right, but still treated us all to the following gem:

4x200m freestyle:
1. RSA 00:25.00sec
2. ALG 73:37.00
3. EGY 112:51.00.

Not sure whether that's 112 minutes or hours, but we assume that Egypt did not leave the blocks sometime last Saturday. If they did, my apologies, and do feel free to put your feet up girls - you must be shattered.