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    About twelve hundred contestants and officials from six countries took part in the Air Canada Swimming Championships in Quebec from 9-11 January.

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    GV PAN Women's 100 metres breaststroke race

    CU Winner Treiber receives medal after race

    GV PAN Men's 200 metre breaststroke race

    GV PAN Women's 400 metres free style

    SV Crowd cheering

    GV & SV 200 Men's individual medley (6 shots)

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    Background: About twelve hundred contestants and officials from six countries took part in the Air Canada Swimming Championships in Quebec from 9-11 January.

    Among the competitors for the first time was a team from East Germany. Their presence, along with swimmers from the United States, immediately attracted the attendance of many other world-ranked swimmers from other countries.

    As a result, the meeting escalated into one of world-wide interest and some of the talent which will compete in the Olympic Games later this year was carefully watched.

    Among the East German swimmers who attended were the world record holder in the hundred and two hundred metres freestyle and 100 metres Butterfly, Konelia Ender; Bridget Traiber, world record holder in the 200 metres backstroke; and Ulrike Tauber, world champion in the 200 and 400 metres individual medley.

    Swimmers from the United States included the World Champion in the 100 metres freestyle, Andy Coan and Greg Jagenburg, World Champion in the 100 and 200 metres butterfly.

    The meeting has been conducted every winter and summer by the Points Claire Swim Club since 1971. This year was the first time Air Canada had offered sponsorship.

    SYNOPSIS: Swimmers from six countries gathered in Quebec in Canada for the Air Canada, Points Claire Swimming Championships which started on Friday. Included in the competitors was, for the first time, a team from East Germany.

    One of the races on the first day was the women's one hundred metres breaststroke event. This was won by the East German swimmer, Bridget Treiber, who currently holds the world record for the two hundred metre backstroke. Second was her team mate and world one hundred and two hundred metre freestyle champion, Kornelia Ender.

    The appearance of the East German team attracted many other world class swimmers from other countries. East Germany and the United States are considered to be the world leaders in the swimming field.

    The current Canadian title holder, Graham Smith, again won the men's two hundred metre breaststroke title but his time for the race was about five seconds inside his Canadian record of two minutes twenty four seconds for the distance.

    With the large number of world class swimmers, the meeting attracted considerable interest and some of the talent which will be taking part in this year's Olympic Games was seen.

    Canada has won only one gold medal ever at the Olympic Games and that was in nineteen-twelve when George Hodgson set numerous world records in Stockholm. Two of the Canadians to do well at these championships were Brenda Borgh and Nancy Hudock who finished first and second respectively in the four hundred metre freestyle championships.

    Capacity crowds filled the swimming complex each day to watch the championships. They saw East German, Roger Pyttel win the two hundred metre individual medley from Scott Span of the United States and Tim Mckee of Canada. Pyttel is rated second in the world two hundred metre butterfly class.

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