BEIJING — Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe defended her Olympic title in the 200-meter backstroke, winning in a world-record time.
She led all the way Saturday morning, touching in 2 minutes, 5.24 seconds, lowering the mark of 2:06.09 set by Margaret Hoelzer at the U.S. trials last month.
Hoezler took the silver in 2:06.23. Reiko Nakamura of Japan earned the bronze in 2:07.13.
American Elizabeth Beisel was fifth.