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Carmela Schlegel qualifies for World Championships

Carmela Schlegel improves her own Swiss record in 50 metres breast stroke Keystone

At Saturday's Swiss Championships in swimming 17-year-old Carmela Schlegel set a new Swiss record in the 50 metres breast stroke.

By improving her personal record by 0.52 seconds, she has qualified to take part in the 2001 World Championships in the Japanese city of Fukuoka. Her time for 50 metres was 33.05 seconds.

In other races at the championships in Vevey, 19-year-old Luka Gabrilo broke the Swiss record in 200 metres back stroke. Gabrilo swam the distance in 2 minutes and 4.67 seconds. The record set by Rolf Schwyter in 1997 in Monaco was 2 minutes and 4.84 seconds.

Agata Czaplicki, who already has her ticket for the Sydney Olympic Games, won the 800 metres crawl event by narrowly beating the reigning European champion, Flavia Rigamonti, by 1.78 seconds.

Other Sydney participants put on a good show: Karel Novy came out on top in the 100 metres crawl with a time of 51.11 seconds. Novy’s club associate, Yves Platel, won the 400 metres freestyle in 4 minutes and 28.72 seconds.

It was Remo Lütolf’s 11th Swiss championship title. He came first in the 50 metres breast stroke in 29.65 sceonds.

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