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Anita Lonsbrough

Mark Foster was back in action just four days after qualifying for the British Olympic team. This time he was chasing records and the rewards that go with them.

The former 50 freestyle World Short Course Champion and record-holder was seeking to add a world record for the 50 butterfly to his world short course mark. A bonus of about 20,000 pounds (about $41,000 Can) was on offer if he could dip inside the unofficial world best of 24.27 seconds, held by Sweden's Jan Karlson.

Urged on by a partisan crowd, Mark shaved one-fifth of a second off when he touched home in 24.07 seconds. Before he receives the bonus of a car and the cash, it needs to be ratified as a world record.

A virtual impossibility as FINA does not recognize world records in the stroke 50s long course.

It is not even the fastest time, as Byron Davies split 24.05 on his way to the 100 fly at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Unfortunately for Bryon, he could only finish fourth behind John Hargis.

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