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S.African Awarded for Swim Record

August 3, 1998

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) _ Penny Heyns of South Africa got a consolation payoff for her world record.

Heyns set a world record in the 50-meter breaststroke Saturday night. Because it is not an official event, organizers said she would not earn the $50,000 offered to anyone setting a world record at the Goodwill Games.

Heyns complained, and on Sunday, officials said Heyns should get $10,000 instead.

FINA, the world governing body for swimming, decided this year to credit swimmers with world records for the first 50 meters of 100-meter events in breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly. Fifty-meter races are only contested in freestyle.

Because the 50 breaststroke is not an event in itself, Heyns will not earn the $50,000, a ruling that Heyns disputed after the race, saying, ``there was no fine print.″

Heyns was timed in 30.95 seconds on the first lap of the 100 breaststroke event. She earned the Goodwill gold medal with a time of 1 minute, 8.14 seconds.

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