Coughlin Gives Up, Regains World Record

Swimmer loses top time in backstroke, for only one heat
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2008 8:26 PM CDT
Hayley McGregory reacts after temporarily setting a world record time of 59.15 during the women's 100-meter backstroke preliminaries, June 30, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The US Olympic swim trials in Omaha, Neb., today looked more like a final in Beijing, as Hayley McGregory took the 100-meter backstroke world record from Natalie Coughlin—who promptly took it back, the Los Angeles Times reports. McGregory swam it in 59.15 seconds, and Coughlin stroked it in 59.03 in the next heat. "I really didn't want her to have it for very long," Coughlin said. (Read more swimming stories.)