Coughlin, Isakovic Medal in the Pool
Aug. 12, 2008
California Golden Bears have added two more medals in the pool with Natalie Coughlin picking up a bronze in the 200-meter individual medley and incoming freshman Sara Isakovic of Slovenia capturing silver in the 200 freestyle.
For Coughlin, her finish gave her a third medal in the Beijing Olympics to go with a gold in the 100 backstroke and silver in the 400 free relay. She still has the 100 freestyle and two relays on her schedule during the Games.
Coupled with her five medals from the 2004 Athens Olympics, Coughlin now has eight career medals.
In the IM, Coughlin led after the backstroke leg, but found herself in fourth place halfway through the race. She moved up to third during the next 50 meters and held on for the bronze during the final freestyle leg. Australia's Stephanie Rice won in a world record-time of 2:08.45, followed by Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry in 2:08.59 and Coughlin's 2:10.34.
Isakovic won a silver medal in the 200 free, finishing in 1:54.97, just 0.15 seconds behind winner Frederica Pellegrini of Italy, who set a world record with a time of 1:54.82. Isakovic's time was also under the previous world mark of 1:55.52.
Isakovic, who had the fastest qualifying time heading into the final, was in fourth place mid way through the race before rallying to second with 50 meters to go, passing China's Jiaying Pang and the USA's Katie Hoff in the process.
Dominik Meichtry, a 2008 Cal graduate, was eighth in his semifinal heat of the 100 free in 49.58 but did not qualify for the final. Earlier in the Beijing Games, he placed sixth in the 200 free.
So far, Golden Bear swimmers have garnered six medals in the pool in these Olympic Games. In addition to Coughlin and Isakovic, sophomore Nathan Adrian received a gold medal as part of the USA men's 400 free relay.