Coventry Wins Another Olympic Medal

Beijing, China--Former Tiger Kirsty Coventry became the first Auburn athlete to win a medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Coventry broke the world record in the 400 individual medley in a time of 4:29.80, but took second to Stephanie Rice of Australia, who swam a time of 4:29.20.

It is the fourth medal for the AU grad, who became the first person from her country (Zimbabwe) to win an Olympic swimming medal when she took three in Athens Greece in 2004--a gold, bronze and silver.

Another former Tiger, Mark Gangloff, qualified for the finals of the men's 100-meter breaststroke. Gangloff, who is coached by former AU head coach David Marsh, swims for the U.S. team and had the seventh fastest qualifying time.

Mark Gangloff

Coventry, who is competing in her third Olympics, will compete in three more events and is expected to win more medals. She is the defending champion in the 200-meter backstroke. She won the silver in the 100 backstroke at the last Olympics and took the bronze medal in the 200 individual medley.

The former Tiger was named Swimmer of the Year at the 2008 FINA World Short Course Championships. Kim Brackin, a former Auburn coach, is Coventry's personal coach and head coach of the Zimbabwe national team. At Auburn, Coventry won seven NCAA titles and and 14 SEC events.

Gangloff will swim in the finals on Sunday night. He also competed in the finals at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, finishing fourth in a time of 1:01.17. He swam a time of 1:00.44 in the semi-finals in Beijing.

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