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Mark Foster
One of the fastest swimmers around reveals all
Hi, I'm Mark Foster, one of the world's top swimmers.

I'm a sprint specialist, and I've competed in four Olympics, broken eight world records and won five world championships in my career.

Watch my training tips

I'm going to show you a few simple training methods that will help improve your technique.

Here's what we'll be working on:

  • Strokes - The longer the better. A good exercise to lengthen your stroke is to see you few you can take in a length of the pool. I did it in 10 strokes - how about you?

  • Backstroke bottle - When swimming backstroke your head should be back - and as straight as possible.

    A good way to test this is to swim a length of the pool with a plastic bottle balanced on your head. If it stays put, your head's in the right place.

  • Pushing power - How far can you push yourself away from the wall? Give it a try and see how far you go.




Mark Foster facts
Born: 12 May 1970, England
50m freestyle PB: 21.13secs
Height: 6ft 6ins/1m 98cm
Weight: 14st 9lbs
Based: Bath

Did you know?
Mark has been swimming for 20 years - but he still doesn't like jumping in cold water!



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