Zimbabwe’s swimming sensation Kirsty Coventry breezed into tonight’s 200m backstroke final, keeping the nation’s medal hopes alive.
Coventry came second in the second semi-final, trailing America’s Missy Franklin, but recorded the sixth best time.
Earlier in the day Coventry had progressed to the semi-finals after again coming second in her heat behind Franklin with the third fastest time in the heats.
After failing to get any medals in the 200m individual medley and 100m backstroke, Coventry is set to defend the 200m backstroke for which she has two gold medals from the last two Olympics. The 28-year-old holds both the World and Olympic records. Final is today at 8.30pm.