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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 April, 2004, 15:02 GMT 16:02 UK
Burrows makes his Marc
Marc Burrows
Marc of a champion
An amateur footballer who scored a goal after two and a half seconds of a match has had his effort confirmed as a world record.

Marc Burrows, 25, was playing for Cowes Sports FC on the Isle of Wight when he made footballing history.

The quick-fire strike against Eastleigh Reserves beat the old world best of 2.8 seconds, set by an Argentine player six years ago.

Burrows, a sales consultant, was given the news by the FA and is now hoping it will appear in the Guinness Book of Records' next edition.

The player, who was once on Portsmouth's books, went on to score a hat-trick in the match, which Cowes Sports won 5-3.

The old world record of 2.8 seconds was set by Argentinian Ricardo Olivera for his side Rio Negro in the Uruguayan league in 1998.

The previous fastest goal in the UK was scored by Barrow player Colin Cowperthwaite when he scored in 3.5 seconds against Kettering in 1979.

A statement from the FA said: "We can now say that Marc's goal is the fastest we are aware of.

"Two-and-a-half seconds may not seem long enough to complete the manoeuvre described by the referee, but we appreciate there was an exceptionally strong wind."

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