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Hoff beats Coughlin, sets U.S. record in 200IM

Katie Hoff, right, reacts to her winning time as Natalie Coughlin looks on after the women's 200-meter individual medley final.

Katie Hoff had one last race tonight at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha and finished it in record fashion.

She rallied past Natalie Coughlin to win the 200-meter individual medley final in two minutes, 9.71 seconds, breaking the American record of 2:09.77 set by Coughlin less than a month ago.

Coughlin was under world-record pace after the butterfly and backstroke but couldn’t quite keep up that pace to the end. Hoff then was able to rally in the last two legs — the breaststroke and freestyle — to win it.

-- Debbie Goffa

Photo: Katie Hoff, right, reacts to her winning time as Natalie Coughlin looks on after the women's 200-meter individual medley final. Credit: Nati Harnik / Associated Press

 
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