OMAHA, Nebraska: Katie Hoff’s bid to at last strike the gold that eluded her in two Olympics looked dim Wednesday as she failed to advance from the 200m freestyle heats at the US swimming trials.
Hoff, 23, had already failed to make the final of the 400m freestyle as she battled an apparent stomach bug on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, she couldn’t rebound, saying she felt in her 200m free heat that her stroke lacked its usual “pop”.
“I felt better today,” said Hoff, whose time of 2:00.68 was the 20th-fastest of the morning. “I was actually able to eat today, but I just didn’t have it. They told me I had a stomach virus, but I don’t want to make excuses. It just wasn’t there.”
Hoff is entered in one more event, the 800m freestyle which starts with heats on Saturday. But she acknowledged that was a longshot. “Realistically, it’s not in the cards,” she said of the likelihood of gaining a Olympic berth with a first- or second-place finish in the 800.