- from Swimming Canada
Olympian Markus Thormeyer (HPC-Vancouver), who grew up swimming with WDSC, made his first big impact on the international stage on Friday with a bronze medal in the men’s 100-m backstroke at the Commonwealth Games.
Australians were 1-2 with Mitch Larkin earning the gold in 53.18 and Bradley Woodward the silver in 53.95. Thormeyer, who owns relay medals in FINA World Championships (long and short course), Pan Am Games, and FINA World Junior Championships, followed in 54.14.
‘’I feel like all my hard work has shown,’’ said Thormeyer, who trains at Swimming Canada’s High Performance Centre-Vancouver. ‘’I’ve gained experience and maturity. I feel like over the past couple of years I’ve grown a lot.’’
Swimming Canada’s High Performance Director John Atkinson was happy to see the Canadian men get on the medal table.
‘’Markus had a great semifinal last night and he was able to convert that so we are very happy he has gotten onto the podium,’’ he said.
Faith Knelson (HPC-Victoria), who developed as an age group swimmer with LCSC in Ladysmith, finished seventh in the women’s 50-m breaststroke final. Other Canadian men’s finalists were Tristan Cote of Mississauga, Ont., seventh in the 400-m individual medley in 4:20.29, while Canada was fifth in the 4×100-m freestyle relay with Yuri Kisil of Calgary, Thormeyer, Ruslan Gaziev of Toronto and Carson Olafson of Chilliwack, B.C. Kisil, Thormeyer and Olafson train together at the High Performance Centre – Vancouver. Eli Wall (Ottawa/University of Toronto) finished 10th in the men’s 100-m breaststroke with a semifinal time of 1:01.47.
“The men’s 4×100 freestyle team improved on its heat swimming, we’ve just got to keep working on that relay to get them ready for next year’s world championships and Olympic qualification,” Atkinson said. “Our men’s program is starting to get back for semifinal and final swims and we’re working towards the podium.”