Natalie Coughlin sets world record at FINA World Cup

Oct. 29, 2007

Berkeley - Release courtesy of USA Swimming

Former Golden Bear and Olympian Natalie Coughlin and Pan American gold medalist Randall Bal each had impressive showings on the second stop of the FINA Swimming World Cup this weekend in Singapore. Coughlin stole the show when she lowered her own five-year old short course world record in the 100m backstroke from 56.71 to 56.51 on the second day of the meet.

The five-time Olympic medalist also captured gold in the 100m butterfly (56.35) and 100m IM (59.12) to reaffirm her position as the overall leader in the World Cup with 70 points and a 30-point lead.

Coughlin was not the only American to win triple gold at the event. Bal swept the men's 50, 100 and 200m backstroke events to take an 18-point lead over Russia's Roland Schoeman. Bal clocked times of 23.94, 50.91 and 1:52.88, respectively, to increase his score to 50 points in the World Cup rankings.

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