Coventry tops world record, takes silver in 400 IM at Beijing Olympics
Aug. 9, 2008
BEIJING -- University of Texas volunteer assistant women's swimming coach Kirsty Coventry eclipsed Katie Hoff's world record in the 400-meter individual medley and won silver for her native Zimbabwe Sunday morning at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The 200m backstroke gold medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics and now a four-time Olympic medalist, Coventry joined Australia's Stephanie Rice to go under Hoff's previous world record. Coventry, who was the seventh seed in Sunday's finals, finished in 4 minutes, 29.89 seconds, just behind Rice's new world-record mark of 4:29.45. Hoff, representing Team USA, took the bronze in 4:31.71.
Coventry, who trains in Austin under UT and Zimbabwe head women's swimming coach Kim Brackin, also will swim the 200 individual medley, the 100 backstroke and the 200 backstroke in Beijing.