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July 27, 1988
The International Olympic Committee said Tuesday it will allow swimmer Jens-Peter Berndt, an East German defector and former world record-holder, to compete for West Germany in the Summer Olympics at Seoul. Berndt, 24, had waged a two-year battle for American citizenship in hopes of competing for the United States at Seoul. But he abandoned the necessary Congressional action in May after discovering a rule that would have forced him to ask East Germany for permission to swim, even if he had U.S.
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July 27, 1988
The International Olympic Committee said Tuesday it will allow swimmer Jens-Peter Berndt, an East German defector and former world record-holder, to compete for West Germany in the Summer Olympics at Seoul. Berndt, 24, had waged a two-year battle for American citizenship in hopes of competing for the United States at Seoul. But he abandoned the necessary Congressional action in May after discovering a rule that would have forced him to ask East Germany for permission to swim, even if he had U.S.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1985
Evidently there is a double standard in this country in determining who is a refugee and who is an illegal alien. Recently an East German swimmer, Jens-Peter Berndt, defected to the United States while his team was participating in an international swimming meet in Fayetteville, Ark. His defection was assisted by U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service officials. As his East German coaches and teammates were preparing to board a plane, INS agents were quietly helping Berndt into a waiting van outside the airport terminal.
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February 18, 1985 | JOHN WEYLER, Times Staff Writer
It had only been three weeks since Jens-Peter Berndt walked away from an Oklahoma City airport gate and his life as revered athlete and East German army officer, but the decadence of Western Civilization had already left its mark. There, glistening from the lobe of his left ear, was a diamond earring. His new teammates on the University of Alabama swim team were telling him how great it looked.
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February 18, 1985 | JOHN WEYLER, Times Staff Writer
It had only been three weeks since Jens-Peter Berndt walked away from an Oklahoma City airport gate and his life as revered athlete and East German army officer, but the decadence of Western Civilization had already left its mark. There, glistening from the lobe of his left ear, was a diamond earring. His new teammates on the University of Alabama swim team were telling him how great it looked.
SPORTS
April 2, 1985
Jens-Peter Berndt, University of Alabama swimmer who recently defected from East Germany, will be among the featured competitors this week at the U.S. Swimming Short Course Nationals at East L.A. College in Monterey Park. The events will start Tuesday afternoon, with timed finals in the men's and women's 1,000-yard freestyle, starting at 4 p.m. Preliminaries will begin at 9:30 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. the rest of the week, Wednesday through Saturday. The events: Tuesday--1,000-yard freestyle.
SPORTS
January 11, 1985
Don Gambril, 1984 Olympic swimming coach, said that a former member of the East German swim team who defected to the United States was en route Thursday night to Tucaloosa, where he may be offered a scholarship at the University of Alabama. Jens-Peter Berndt, 21, of Potsdam, left his country's swim team at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City on Monday, saying he wanted to stay in the United States. Berndt, accompanied by an official of the U.S.
SPORTS
April 30, 1988
East Germany reportedly has refused to grant Jens-Peter Berndt, a swimmer at the University of Alabama, permission to compete for the United States in the 1988 Olympics. Berndt, a defector from East Germany, is seeking two requirements--U.S. citizenship and a waiver from the East German government--that would allow him to represent the United States at Seoul, South Korea. So far he has gotten neither. Ron Rowan of the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1985
Evidently there is a double standard in this country in determining who is a refugee and who is an illegal alien. Recently an East German swimmer, Jens-Peter Berndt, defected to the United States while his team was participating in an international swimming meet in Fayetteville, Ark. His defection was assisted by U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service officials. As his East German coaches and teammates were preparing to board a plane, INS agents were quietly helping Berndt into a waiting van outside the airport terminal.
SPORTS
July 16, 1988
East Germany will boycott the Mobil Grand Prix track and field finals in West Berlin next month because of a major dispute over former East German athlete Wolfgang Schmidt, the Associated Press reported Friday. West Germany included Schmidt on its squad at an important track meet last month in Dusseldorf, which pitted the track and field squads from the two Germanys directly against each other for the first time since the nations were formed in 1949.
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March 29, 1985 | Associated Press
Mike O'Brien of USC and Thomas Jager of UCLA broke American records in the 500- and 50-yard freestyle events, respectively, Thursday night during the 62nd annual NCAA men's swimming and diving championships. O'Brien, a 19-year-old freshman, bettered the record time of 4:14.85, set by Florida's Matt Cetlinski in the afternoon trials. Olympian George DiCarlo was second in 4:15.26, while Cetlinski was third in 4:16.99. "I tried to go out controlled and save my legs," O'Brien said.
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