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Foster plans first Olympic medal


Interview: Swimmer Mark Foster

University of Bath swimmer Mark Foster believes that he can win his first Olympic medal in Beijing.

The 38-year-old goes in the 50m freestyle after swimming at the Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney games without once reaching the podium.

But he told BBC Points West: "To win an Olympic medal is every athlete's dream.

"I could walk away from my sport tomorrow and feel very happy about my achievements but [an Olympic medal] would make the finished product."

Foster says that he expects to have a psychological edge on some of his opponents.

Mark Foster
Foster has won two Commonwealth long-course gold medals

"I go into every race believing that I can win. My list of achievements helps put other competitors off."

Having collected a wealth of World Championship, European Championship and Commonwealth medals, Foster admits that he will again be disadvantaged in China.

"I am very much a short course swimmer and the Olympic games are long course.

"I'm very good at long course but my forte has always been short course," he added.

Foster admits that he has always been desperate to win in the pool, after an unusual start to his swimming career.

"My father at the age of 11 got thrown in a lake, petrified of water and unable to swim.

"He still can't to this day but was determined that my sister and I, for safety reasons first and foremost, would learn to swim.

"From an early age I just had to race people, I had this competitive thing.

"I always wanted to better myself and I suppose that's why I've got to where I am now."

see also
Team GB for Beijing
29 Nov 07 |  Team GB
Swimming on the BBC
02 Oct 07 |  Swimming
Guide to synchro
02 Mar 06 |  Swimming
Swimmers take on lake challenge
29 Jul 08 |  Cumbria
Swimmer Foster regains 50m record
23 Jun 08 |  Swimming

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