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July 5, 2008 5:35 PM

Hoelzer grabs world record in 200 backstroke

Posted by Ron Judd

King Aquatic swimmer Margaret Hoelzer, of Huntsville, Ala., set a world record in the 200m backstroke at the Olympic Trials in Omaha this evening. Hoelzer swam 2:06.29, besting young Elizabeth Beisel, who finished second at 2:06.92. Touching third was Hayley McGregory at 2:07.69. It was McGregory's second third-place finish in Trials events where only the top two swimmers advance. Hoelzer had already qualifed for the Beijing Games in the 100-meter backstroke. The previous record in the 200 was 2:06.39, set last year by Kirsty Coventry.

Hall's streak ends
In another major race, the men's 50 free final, 10-time medalist Gary Hall Jr.'s two-Olympic reign as gold medalist will end, after finishing fourth behind Garrett Weber-Gale (21.47), Ben Wildman-Tobriner (21.65) and Cullen Jones (21.81). Hall finished at 21.91. Bremerton swimmer Nathan Adrian, 19, who qualified earlier as a 100m relay swimmer, finished sixth at 22.07.

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