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Monday, August 23, 1999
PROFILE: Joanne Malar
Gold for Malar

SYDNEY, Australia (CP) -- Despite feeling the effects of two major back-to-back meets, Canadian Joanne Malar won gold yesterday in the women's 400-metre individual medley at the Pan Pacific swimming championships.

Malar, of Hamilton, fell short of her Canadian record, which she set at the Pan Am Games to qualify for the Olympics next year, but still managed a win in four minutes 40.23 seconds.

Canada also won bronze medals in both the men's and women's 4x100 freestyle relay, setting national records each time. Meanwhile Australian teenager Ian Thorpe crushed the world record in the 400 freestyle.

Malar admitted to feeling fatigued after competing at the Pan Ams in Winnipeg and then a long trip to the Pan Pacs.

"This has been a harder double meet than I thought it would be," said Malar. "I don't feel like I'm 100% rested and tapered. However if I can go 4:40 range feeling pretty tired that's a good sign. You have to be tough."

She edged Yasuko Tajima of Japan, who led for three-quarters but was second in 4:40.56. Cristina Teuscher of the U.S., was third in 4:41.21.

It was Malar's first career victory at the Pan Pacs which is the top meet of the 1999 season with the presence of the American and Australian powerhouses.
Joanne Malar in the news
Malar, Limpert a contrast in styles
Malar finishes seventh in 400 IM
Happier Malar ready for Sydney
Malar in pictures
7th in Sydney
Kisses for her fans
Reacting to her time
Thumbs up, new uniform
With Mike
Celebrating a win
Bronze 4x200m team
Blowing a kiss
Backstroke practice