Auburn Olympic Medal Count Grows to Seven

Updates on multiple Auburn athletes is featured on their performances at the 2008 Olympics.

Beijing, China--Kirsty Coventry earned her third Olympic medal in the past week as the Auburn medal count grew to seven on Tuesday.

Joining the Auburn swimmers in the medal spotlight is Glenn Eller, a former AU student from Katy, Tex. He is a member of the U.S. Army team who trains at Ft. Benning, Ga. He won a gold medal in shooting with a record score of 190 out of a possible 200 in the double trap shotgun competition.

Coventry added a sixth Olympic medal to her collection after winning three in 2004 in Athens where she became a national hero in Zimbabwe. She swam a time of 2:08.59 in the 200-meter individual medley to break the world record, but finished second to Stephanie Rice of Australia, who posted a time of 2:08.92.

Kirsty Coventry

Coventry will have another chance for a gold medal in the 200 backstroke as she will compete with former Auburn teammate Margaret Hoelzer for that title. Hoelzer broke Coventry's old world record at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Former Tiger swimmer Eric Shanteau's Olympic medal hopes ended on Tuesday night as he finished 10th in the 200-meter breaststroke semi-final despite swimming a personal-record time of 2:10.10, 0.13 from qualifying for the finals.

Shanteau, who is from Lilburn, Ga., will now resume treatment for testicular cancer he found out he had just before the U.S. Olympic Trials earlier this summer.

Matt Targett

Two other Auburn swimmers, Matt Targett and Cesar Cielo, qualified for the finals of the 100 freestyle on Tuesday night. Cielo just made the final, finishing eighth while Targett qualified with the fourth fastest time. Targett, who is scheduled to compete for the Tigers again next season, has won a bronze medal as a member of the Australian 4x100 relay team.

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