1992 - Feature Story
The finish wall was fast approaching and Calgary’s Mark Tewksbury knew he still had work to do. The 24-year-old backstroker had arrived at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona ranked fourth in the world in the 100m backstroke. He was a relay Silver medalist from the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, a double Silver medalist from the 1991 World Aquatics Championships at Perth and Silver medalist at the 1991 Pan-Pacific Swimming Championships in Edmonton. Tewksbury was clearly a contender, but was not known for his strong race starts. At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, he thrilled the crowd at the outdoor Olympic pool, rallying in the latter stages of the 100m backstroke final, to draw even with race leader and world record holder Jeff Rouse of the United States, just five metres from the finish. Two strokes later the race was over, but who won? The results board flashed Canada’s Tewksbury won the Gold medal in an Olympic record time of 53.98 seconds, just .06 ahead of America’s Rouse.
Wendy Long

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