Sievinen equals world best

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The Independent Online

Jani Sievinen produced his second short-course world record performance in just four days in the World Cup meet at Sheffield yesterday.

The world 200 metres medley champion, who cut over a second off his own 400m medley record in Finland on Saturday, equalled his world best for the 100m medley. The 21-year-old Finn stormed home in 53.78sec to equal the mark he set four years ago and also picked up a pounds 1,000 bonus on offer for any world record in the World Cup series.

Britain's Mark Foster, with his eyes firmly on the Olympics, passed up the chance for another attack on his world 50m butterfly record. Instead he finished third in the 100m freestyle.