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July 2, 2008 5:56 PM

Swim Trials: Kukors nudged from Beijing slot by Coughlin

Posted by Ron Judd


Tough break for U-Dub swimmer Ariana Kukors in the women's 200 IM tonight. Kukors, swimming alongside eventual winner Katie Hoff, was headed for an apparent second-place finish -- and a spot on the Beijing Olympic team -- when she was out-touched by Natalie Coughlin, who make a miraculous recovery in her final four strokes to hit the wall eight one-hundredths of a second ahead. Kukors actually led the race into the final turn. She appeared to take a fatal half-stoke on her final reach to the wall.

The times: Hoff 2:09.71; Coughlin, 2:10.32; Kukors 2:10.40.

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