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Zimbabwean breaks backstroke mark

Kirsty Coventry
Coventry won Africa's first medal of the Games

Zimbabwean swimmer Kirsty Coventry broke the world record for the women's 100m backstroke in her semi-final swim at the Water Cube in Beijing.

Coventry shaved 0.20 seconds off the previous best, with a mark of 58.77s, describing it as "a great swim".

The 24-year-old will attempt to translate her record performance into gold in Tuesday's final.

On Sunday, Coventry won Africa's first medal in Beijing, taking silver in the 400m individual medley.

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