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MOSCOW, Russia, July 5. TODAY at the famed Olympic pool in Moscow, Olympic medalist Vladimir Predkin dipped under 24 seconds in the long course 50 freestyle to break the Masters world record in the 45-49 age group.

Predkin, who turned 45 on May 31, posted a 23.98 in the 50 free, beating out the world record of 24.26 swum by American Brent Barnes. Barnes' swim was approaching its 10-year anniversary as the world record, having been swum on July 19, 2004.

Predkin was part of the silver medal-winning 400 free relay team for Russia in the 1996 Olympics, swimming the third leg.