Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary's Suvurov Earns 50-Metre Victory over American Lochte at Zajac Swim Meet

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary's Suvurov Earns 50-Metre Victory over American Lochte at Zajac Swim Meet

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Calgary's Suvurov earns win over American Lochte


VANCOUVER - Years from now Gleb Suvurov can tell his grandchildren about the night he beat Olympic champion Ryan Lochte.

The 20-year-old Calgary resident outraced the five-time Olympic goal medallist in the 50-metre backstroke Saturday at the Mel Zajac Jr. International Canada Cup.

Suvurov will be the first to say the 50 back isn't one of Lochte's favourites. And the 28-year-old from Daytona Beach, Fla., is using the meet, being held at the University of British Columbia Aquatic Centre, as training for the U.S. World Championship trials.

Still, a win is a win.

"It felt good," said Suvurov, who will represent Canada at next month's World Student Games in Kazan, Russia. "It's not my best time but I'm happy.

"Lochte really wasn't tapered."

Suvurov, who moved to Canada from Russia with his parents six years ago, was timed in 26.39 seconds. Lochte, who won both his races Friday night, was second in 26.52 seconds.

The personable Lochte chuckled when asked about Suvurov now having bragging rights.

"He better not get used to it, for my sake," he said. "He swam a good race.

"The 50 back, I really can't say much about it. As far as I'm concerned 50's should not be in swimming. Too short of an event for me. I need a couple of turns."

Any frustration Lochte felt over the loss were worked out in the 200-metre individual medley which he won in a meet record time of two minutes 0.15 seconds. Suvurov was third in 2:06.66.

"I just wanted to go out there and race tough," said Lochte, the world record holder in the 200 IM. "What me and my coach talked about was the race strategy and my stroke technique, hitting the walls right.

"I showed tonight. I am on the right track."

It also was a good night for Toronto's Brittany MacLean, who has battled injuries all season. MacLean, who swims at Georgia, won the 400 freestyle in 4:13.32.

"It's nice to see a good result," said the 19-year-old who finished seventh in the same event at the 2012 London Olympics. "It's a pretty decent time for me right now.

"I worked my arms more than normal just because I have a little bit of a weak leg. It felt great all the way through. …

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