Russian Vladimir Predkin Breaks 24 Seconds in 50 Freestyle To Set Masters World Record in Moscow

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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.

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Author: Jeff Commings

Jeff Commings is the host of several shows on SwimmingWorld.TV, including "The Morning Swim Show," which features interviews with people making headlines in aquatic sports. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and was a nine-time NCAA All-American.

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