SWIMMING ace Kirsty Coventry arrived in London on Monday night to join up with Zimbabwe’s Olympic team ahead of Friday’s official opening of the 2012 games.
Coventry and her American coach Kim Brackin have been in the Tunisian capital, Tunis, for nearly a month preparing for the Olympics.
Kirsty, who turns 29 in September, won seven medals for her country in her last two appearances at the Athens and Beijing Olympics – three golds and four silvers.
In London, she is entered for the 100m backstroke, the 200m backstroke and the 200m individual medley events.
Just as she did in Beijing,. Coventry will be Zimbabwe's flag bearer at the official opening on Friday night.
The rest of Team Zimbabwe – comprising six athletes and officials – arrived in London on Saturday and checked into the Athletes’ Village located in the Olympic Park.
Coventry will meet up with marathon runners Cuthbert Nyasango, Sharon Tavengwa and Wirimayi Zhuwawo, triathlon ace Chris Felgate and rowers Jamie Frazer McKenzie and Micheen Thornycroft on Tuesday morning.
On Sunday, some members of Team Zimbabwe attended a welcome party at Rollers Club in London attended by hundreds of people.
Sports Minister David Coltart, Sports Commission president Joseph James and Paul Damasane, the principal director in the sports ministry are some of the officials travelling with the team.