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Coventry defends Olympic gold in 200 backstroke

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August 15, 2008 10:21 PM EST | AP

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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.