Jan. 25, 2001
BERLIN, GERMANY - Former California men's swimming standout Gordan Kozulj equaled the world record and set a new European record with a time of 1:51.62 in the 200-meter short course backstroke last Sunday (Jan. 21) at the World Cup 8 in Berlin, Germany. Kozulj, who competed at Cal from 1996-99, also took gold in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 52.24, and was awarded a new car for best performance at the meet and a $5,000 bonus for equaling the world record.
After a distinguished swimming and academic career at Cal, Kozulj trained for the Olympics last year with Bear Co-Head Coach Mike Bottom's outstanding World Sprint Team and placed ninth in the 200-meter backstroke at Sydney for Croatia. Since then he has been training in his native Croatia and successfully competing around the world in an extensive series of international meets. This week, Kozulj is competing at the World Cup 9 in Stockholm, Sweden.