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Coventry: I give it everything
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12:33, August 16, 2008


Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe reacts after finishing the women's 200m backstroke at the Beijing Olympic Games on Saturday. Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe broke the world record of the event. (Xinhua Photo)

"It was my last race and I wanted to give it everything," said Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry after winning the women's 200 meters backstroke on Saturday.

"It's awesome. It was a painful race and my legs hurt a bit," she said. "Getting the gold medal is the cherry on top."

She led all the way Saturday morning, touching in 2 minutes, 5.24 seconds, lowering the mark of 2:06.09 set by Margaret Hoelzer at the U.S. trials last month.

"It is such a relief and I am so excited. From the feeling of wanting to throw up, I think I'v done it," she said.

Coventry already bagged three silver medals in the previous races. There are seven Olympic medals in Coventry 's personal collection.

Source:Xinhua

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