Foster wins bronze for Britain

Mark Foster grabbed Britain's sixth medal of the World Championships with bronze in the 50 metres butterfly.

The 31-year-old clocked 23.62 seconds as Australian Geoff Huegill won in 23.50secs with Sweden's Lars Frolander second in 23.57.

Foster, equal last in the 50m freestyle when tipping himself for gold, was equally confident about the butterfly but had to accept the consolation prize.

The University of Bath swimmer also saw the European record of 23.66 he set in the semis go to Frolander, even though he also improved his time.Foster said: "I proved that I can medal long course - I believed I could medal. I would have liked to have won it.

"I dropped 0.4secs in one year. I tried to pick up in the last four strokes. If I had not got a medal I would have been devastated.

"I am starting to get it right in long course, I am really pleased with this."

Foster had been advised to switch to short course swimming, where he has had such huge success, by Britain's performance director Bill Sweetenham after his freestyle failure.

But the medal is the perfect response. Britain now have one gold, one silver and four bronze from the championships. Barnet's Sarah Price finished sixth in the 100m backstroke in 1:01.82 as American Natalie Coughlin took the gold in 1:00.37.

Romania's Diana Mocanu was second (1:00.68) with bronze going to Germany's Antje Buschschulte, who clocked 1:01.42.

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