July 30, 2012
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LONDON - Former Auburn swimmer Kirsty Coventry will go for her eighth Olympic medal Tuesday after advancing to the final in the women's 200-meter individual medley Monday evening at the 2012 London Olympics.
Swimming for her native Zimbabwe, the former Tiger finished third in her heat with a time of 2:10.93, good enough for the eighth and final qualifying spot in Tuesday's final. She was .42 seconds off her time of 2:10.51 in the morning heats that earned her the second overall seed in the semifinals.
"I've been up and down coming into the competition with my knee and then pneumonia, so I'm just excited to be here and happy that I swam better than in the 100 backstroke," Coventry said.
The four-time Olympian and seven-time Olympic medalist has won two career medals in this event, capturing silver in Beijing in 2008 and bronze at the 2004 Athens Games.
This was Coventry's second event of the London Games. She advanced to the 100m backstroke semifinals Sunday before finishing 14th overall.
"Because of my (knee) injury I did not have the time to compete as much as I would have liked to," she said. "So I think my first swim here at the Olympics I was having competition nerves even though I have been at three Olympics."
With Coventry competing in the women's 200 IM finals, a total of five Auburn swimmers will be in action Tuesday. Coventry's final is set to begin at 2:43 p.m. CT (8:43 p.m. GMT).
Four former Tigers will be swimming in the men's 100m freestyle heats as George Bovell (TRI) will be in heat 4 and Gideon Louw (RSA), Adam Brown (GBR) and defending gold medalist and world record-holder Cesar Cielo (BRA) will all swim in heat 6. The 100m freestyle heats begin at 4 a.m. CT.
NBCOlympics.com will have live coverage of all swimming events, and NBC will replay the semifinals and finals in primetime. Fans can also follow @AuburnSwimming and #AUOlympics on Twitter for updates throughout each day of the Olympics.