Olympic medal dreams dashed for swimmer Hoff

BEIJING, China The 19-year-old American failed to advance out of the 800-meter freestyle preliminaries Thursday night, ending her second trip to the games without a gold.

Teammate and current world champion Kate Ziegler also missed out, a stunning result for the United States, which has won the event seven times since it was first contested at the 1968 games, including five straight from 1984-2000.

Hoff finished third in her heat, touching in 8 minutes, 27.78 seconds -- a whopping 8.08 seconds off her personal best time done in April. She wound up 11th overall.

One heat later, Ziegler was fourth in 8:26.98, which put her 10th overall. Only the top eight advance to the final. She was 8.46 seconds off her personal best done in March 2007.


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