INDIANAPOLIS, IN, October 9. MARGARET Hoelzer was in lane seven tonight, but there was never any doubt she was the class of a largely inexperienced field.
Taking a narrow lead at the 50 meter mark over Australia’s Tayliah Zimmer(:30.46 to :30.58) she extended her margin every 50 thereafter while Zimmer held off a strong challenge from New Zealand’s Melissa Ingram for silver.
Hoelzer’s time of 2:05.84 was over two seconds a head of Zimmer’s 2:08.05. Ingram finished at 2:08.54.
Hoelzer, who said she had deliberately swum slowly in the prelims to preserve energy, acknowledged that she wasn’t totally surprised when she won this evening.
Zimmer was excited to swim on the big stage. “It’s so exciting, and I’m having fun here. I knew I’d done the work, and I’m so happy with it.”
“I thought she (Margaret) was going to win. I was a little overwhelmed being in the finals, but I got a medal.”
— Phil W.