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