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Foster accepts Olympic Games spot

Mark Foster
Foster missed out on the Athens Olympics four years ago (Getty)

Mark Foster has confirmed that he will compete for Great Britain at the 2008 Beijing Olympics after his outstanding display at the British Championships.

The Bath-based 37-year-old won the 50m freestyle final in Sheffield last week.

Foster said: "I'm obviously ecstatic to have met the selection criteria and be able to go to my fifth Olympic Games.

"I knew roughly what times I was going to be able to make and I would be stupid not to take my place on this year's Olympic squad."

He added: "I've been swimming my fastest times in five years and I'm beginning to start tweaking my programme to help me go even faster. I now have four months to get it right."

There were also a brace of bronzes for fellow University of Bath swimmers in South Yorkshire.

Sports Performance student Matt Tutty finished third behind Foster in the 50m freestyle final, and 16-year-old Charlie Barnes won bronze in the women's 200m breaststroke final on Saturday.

see also
Foster through to fifth Olympics
02 Apr 08 |  Swimming
Still flying at 37
02 Apr 08 |  Swimming
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30 May 04 |  Other sport...

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