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Last Updated: Friday, 17 December, 2004, 19:27 GMT
Baker to make New Zealand switch
Zoe Baker
Baker has won a string of medals
British swimming's only world record-holder Zoe Baker intends to switch her allegiance to New Zealand.

The 27-year-old, who holds the fastest time over 50m breaststroke, was born in Sheffield, but lives in Christchurch, where she has citizenship.

"I'm hoping to swim for New Zealand at the Berlin leg of the World Cup in January. I won't be swimming for anyone else," said Sheffield-born Baker.

"I've literally called New Zealand home since 1999."

Despite her success, which has brought medals in both long and short-course events, Baker has had run-ins with British swimming boss Bill Sweetenham.

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