4 Aug 2008

Van den Hoogenband drops 200m freestyle

6:16 am on 4 August 2008

The Olympic 100 metres freestyle champion Pieter van den Hoogenband is to drop the 200 from his Beijing programme to concentrate on winning the 100 title for the third successive time.

Van den Hoogenband won the title in Sydney and Athens and is competing with the Australian Grant Hackett to become the first male swimmer to win three successive Olympic titles in the same event.

Hackett is seeking a hat-trick of 1500 metres reestyle titles.