Kirsty Coventry (Getty Images)
Cape Town - Kirsty Coventry has already competed at four Olympics, but she says the desire to represent her country at the upcoming Rio Games remains as strong as ever.
The 32-year-old is the most decorated female Olympic swimmer and also the most successful Olympian from the African continent as she has seven medals to her name, including two gold ones after winning the 200m backstroke both at the Athens and Beijing Games.
Despite her incredible record, she is feels it is still a "huge" achievement to compete at the highest level in the colours of Zimbabwe.
"Making the Olympic team is a huge accomplishment, going to five Olympics is incredible," she told Associated Press during an email exchange.
"But winning this number of medals in a sport that is not strong in Africa is unbelievable."
She added: "It's always been about a desire to make the Olympic team and represent my country."