Zimbabwe at the 2004 Summer Olympics
|Zimbabwe at the
2004 Summer Olympics
|NOC||Zimbabwe Olympic Committee|
|Competitors||12 in 4 sports|
|Flag bearer||Young Talkmore Nyongani|
|Summer Olympics appearances (overview)|
|Other related appearances|
Zimbabwe competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, from 13 to 29 August 2004. This was the nation's seventh consecutive appearance at the Olympics, after gaining its independence from the former Rhodesia.
The Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) sent a total of twelve athletes, nine men and three women, competing only in athletics, shooting, swimming, and tennis. They marched in the middle of the parade of nations as the 53rd nation due to the use of the Greek alphabet, instead of the penultimate position, just before the host nation, as it has usually been placed. Notable athletes featured tennis siblings Cara (women's singles) and Wayne Black (men's doubles), and sprinters Brian Dzingai and Young Talkmore Nyongani, who became the nation's flag bearer in the opening ceremony.
Zimbabwe left Athens with a full set of three Olympic medals for the first time in history since the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. This full set was officially awarded to swimmer Kirsty Coventry, who took home the gold in the 200 m backstroke, silver in the 100 m backstroke, and bronze in the 200 m individual medley.
|Gold||Kirsty Coventry||Swimming||Women's 200 m backstroke||20 August|
|Silver||Kirsty Coventry||Swimming||Women's 100 m backstroke||16 August|
|Bronze||Kirsty Coventry||Swimming||Women's 200 m individual medley||17 August|
- Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
- Q = Qualified for the next round
- q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
- NR = National record
- N/A = Round not applicable for the event
- Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
|Lewis Banda||400 m||45.37||2 Q||N/A||45.23||4||Did not advance|
|Brian Dzingai||200 m||20.72||4 Q||20.87||5||Did not advance|
|Young Talkmore Nyongani||400 m||46.03||3||N/A||Did not advance|
|Lloyd Zvasiya||47.19||6||N/A||Did not advance|
|Winneth Dube||100 m||11.56||6||Did not advance|
|Sean Nicholson||Double trap||128||16||Did not advance|
|Brendan Ashby||100 m backstroke||58.91||39||Did not advance|
|Kirsty Coventry||100 m backstroke||1:01.60 AF||4 Q||1:01.21 AF||7 Q||1:00.50 AF|
|200 m backstroke||2:12.49 AF||3 Q||2:10.04 AF||2 Q||2:09.19 AF|
|200 m individual medley||2:13.33 AF||1 Q||2:13.68||4 Q||2:12.72 AF|
|Athlete||Event||Round of 64||Round of 32||Round of 16||Quarterfinals||Semifinals||Final / BM|
|Men's doubles||N/A|| Clément /
W 5–7, 6–4, 9–7
| Sá /
W 6–3, 6–4
| Bhupathi /
L 4–6, 4–6
|Did not advance|
|Cara Black||Women's singles|| Pisnik (SLO)
W 6–3, 5–7, 6–4
| Rubin (USA)
L 4–6, 6–3, 3–6
|Did not advance|
- "Coventry takes backstroke". BBC Sport. 20 August 2004. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
- "Zimbabwe puts aside racial tensions to give hero's welcome to triple medal winner". USA Today. 25 August 2004. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
- "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
- "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Athens 2004 Entry Standards". IAAF. Retrieved 4 June 2011.