Tsawwassen swimmer wins in China

Markus Thormeyer captures 200 metre back event representing Canada at the FINA Champions Swim Series

Tsawwassen swimming standout Markus Thormeyer has produced a big win overseas.

The 22-year-old member of Swimming Canada’s High Performance Centre-Vancouver captured the men’s 200 metre backstroke event at the FINA Champions Swim Series in Shenzhen, China.

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Thormeyer was clocked in 1:59.02 while runner-up Adam Telegdy of Hungary had a time of 1:59.15. Thormeyer led by almost a full second at the 150-m mark and then held off a late push by the Hungarian challenger.

“It was pretty nice to get up and race in early January against the best in the world,” said Thormeyer. “It wasn’t easy but I still did the best I could and walked away with a win which I’m super proud of. Hopefully I can build off this for the rest of the year leading into the Olympic trials in March and April.”

The Winskill Dolphins Swim Club alumni, who finished eighth in the 200 at last year’s FINA World Championships, was also third in Tuesday’s 100-metre backstroke with a time of 54.54. Two-time world champion Xu Jiayu of China won that race in 53.01.

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