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Kirsty Coventry gears for world champs

This is Kirsty Coventry’s typical day in numbers ahead of the World Swimming Championships in Shanghai, China next week.

Coventry said from her base in Johannesburg, South Africa, that “training is going well” and she would leave for World Championships tomorrow to start  swimming on July 24.

Coventry said she is using the World Championships as part of her training for the 2012 Olympics to be held in London.

The World Championships are the real deal for Coventry.


She has been taking part in invitational tournaments this year on her return to competitive swimming after taking a break in 2010.

Coventry’s management team said, “As an athlete she always strives to win but more importantly than winning is ensuring her times get faster than her recent European competitions. We are after faster times, a bonus if she gets on the podium.”

Coventry, who had her bank account siphoned by fraudsters, has been refunded her money by First National Bank.

“Morning wake-up call. FNB (First National Bank) have sorted out the fraud issue and replaced the money in my account,” Coventry twitted on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old swimmer sent a message through twitter on Tuesday saying that money had vanished from her South African bank account.

“Had money withdrawn by fraudsters out of my account last night,” she tweeted. “Let’s see how First National Bank handles this crisis!”

Coventry is going to the world swimming championships, which get underway next Saturday hoping to reignite her Olympic form as the countdown begins for London 2012.

She is expected to compete  in three events at the purpose-built Oriental Sports Centre on the city’s outskirts, a state-of-the-art facility that will host 16 days of swimming, diving and water polo from next Saturday.

Below is Coventry’s swimming schedule for the World Championships being held in Shanghai released by her management team.

24 July
AM: 200 IM heats
PM: 200 IM semi finals

25 July
PM: 200 IM Final

29 July
AM: 200 backstroke heats
PM: 200 backstroke semi-finals

30 July
PM: 200 backstroke Finals

31 July
AM: 400IM heats
PM: 400IM Finals

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