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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Saturday, 5 January, 2002, 07:06 GMT
Briton sets world record
Sheffield swimmer Zoe Baker
Baker beat the hometown favourite Sarah Poewe
Sheffield's Zoe Baker has broken the world short-course record for 50m breaststroke at the South African National Short Championships in Durban.

Baker recorded a time of 30.53 seconds in a head-to-head final of the knockout event when beating home favourite Sarah Poewe.

The previous record had stood at 30.56, held jointly by two Chinese swimmers and Sweden's Emma Igelstrom who also took part in the four-round tournament.

Baker, whose previous best was 30.62 in Melbourne early last month, said: "To break the world record was my aim.

"I've come so close to it in the last few weeks but I thought I would do it in Europe later this month, so I thought I'd just aim to get as close as I could in Durban.

"But I've done it now, and it takes such a big pressure of my shoulders. I'd like to keep breaking and breaking it. I think I can go under 30 seconds this year."

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