Hoff, Coughlin swap records spotlight at US Olympic swim trials

Other News Materials 3 July 2008 23:34 (UTC +04:00)

Women's swimming stars Katie Hoff and Natalie Coughlin have shone in the pool at the US Olympic trials in Omaha, Nebraska, this week swapping records as each takes her turn in the spotlight.

Hoff, a 19-year-old sensation from the same Baltimore, Maryland swim club as men's phenom Michael Phelps, is on track to qualify for eight Olympic events. Beijing will be her second Olympics, and she was the youngest member of the US Olympic team in Athens in 2004.

On Wednesday, she won the 200-metre freestyle and the 200m individual medley, swimming in both events within the span of an hour. Hoff broke the US record in the IM event, previously held by Coughlin, who finished second, also qualifying for the games.

Hoff had already broken the world records in the 400m IM and 400 freestyle at the event.

But Coughlin, 25, who was just the third US woman to garner five medals - including two golds - at one Olympics, looks set to add to her cache in Beijing.

On Tuesday, she plowed through the world record in the 100m backstroke, with a time of just 58.97 seconds. Her previous top time in the event had been 59.21 seconds and she was the first woman ever to swim the contest in less than one minute, dpa reported.