Kirsty’s Olympic Journey

Top Female Swimmer Kirsty Coventry Swimming Champion Kirsty Coventry Focusing on Swim World Champion The Perfect Backstroke

When Kirsty was 9-years old she told her parents she would go to the Olympic Games and win Gold. Her first Olympic Games was Sydney in 2000. In 2004, Kirsty won her first Olympic gold medal in Athens as well as silver and bronze. The moment marked the beginning of a record-breaking athletic career, with Kirsty ultimately becoming one of the world’s highest achieving female swimmers. She went on to win another gold and three silver medals at the Beijing Olympic Games - a shining light for her fellow African athletes across all sporting disciplines.  Twice crowned Olympic champion, and with seven Olympic medals, Kirsty has won more individual Olympic medals than any female swimmer in history. She is also, without doubt, Africa’s most successful Olympic athlete. 

Kirsty has qualified for her 5th Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August this year, and her incredible journey has inspired - and continues to inspire - young athletes across the world to pursue their sporting ambitions, no matter the odds. 

Career Highlights

Global Rankings

Highest number of individual Olympic medals of all female swimmers in history

Highest number of Olympic medals in African history (all sports)

Olympic Games

2x Olympic Champion

7x Olympic medalist

4x Olympian

World Championships 

3x World Champion (LC)

8x World medalist (LC)

4x World Champion (SC)

5x World medalist (SC)

Commonwealth Games

1x Commonwealth Champion

All Africa Games

14x All African Champion

21x All African medalist

NCAA Championships

3x NCAA Champion

7x NCAA medalist

SEC Championships

3x SEC Champion

5x SEC medalist


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