Tasmanian athlete Ryan Foster breaks Australian indoor 800m record

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Tasmanian athlete Ryan Foster has broken the Australian indoor 800m record, which has stood for 41 years.

Foster won the race at the Penn State National Meet in the United States on the weekend, his time of 1:47.48 four tenths of a second faster than the previous record set by Olympic gold medalist Ralph Doubell in 1968.

Foster, who is on a scholarship at Penn State University, said he knew he could do a good time, but predicts he might even be able to go faster.

“The race went nearly perfectly. In hindsight I didn’t press hard enough once [my pacemaker] Kevin stepped off the track,” Foster said.

“I can definitely go faster by working a little harder earlier,” he said.

This is the second national record for Foster this year, after he ran 2:19.60 over 1000m in January.

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