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Coventry won gold, silver and bronze medals

Updated: August 25, 2004, 2:47 PM ET
Associated Press

HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Zimbabwe put aside an official hate campaign against the nation's tiny white community Wednesday and hailed its triple-medal-winning Olympic swimmer Kirsty Coventry as "a national treasure."

Coventry, who is white and trains at Auburn University in Alabama, won gold, silver and bronze medals in swimming events at the Athens Games.

Tribal dancers, beating drums and gyrating in mesh skirts and animal skins, greeted the swimmer at the main Harare Airport, along with ...

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