Coughlin Breaks U.S. Swim Record, Loses Race

American swimmer Natalie Coughlin won two gold medals in the Sydney Olympics four years ago, in addition to a bronze medal in the 100-meter freestyle.

Natalie Coughlin Swimmer Olympics

The two-time gold medalist added an American record to her resume yesterday in that event, but then lost the race by nine hundredths of a second.

The oddity happened yesterday at the Santa Clara Grand Prix swim meet.

From SFGATE.COM:

In tuning up for next month’s Olympic trials, Coughlin broke her American record of 53.40 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 53.39 at the George F. Haines International Swim Center.

However, Australia’s Cate Campbell got the better of Coughlin with a winning time and personal best 53.30, a mark that would have been a world record before this year. Coughlin had won the event at this meet seven years in a row.

Campbell, a relative newcomer, is only 15 years old. She swam a half-second faster than her personal best. Coughlin took her mixed bag in stride.

“I’ll take an American record. It’s not the Olympic final,” said Coughlin, the 25-year-old from Lafayette who won five medals at the Athens Olympics four years ago. “It’s Santa Clara. I’m not upset about that at all. Anytime I get a best time it’s exciting. I’m very, very, very happy where I am right now and hopefully where I’m heading.”

I know where I hope she’s heading