Penny Oleksiak makes history, Canada wins the bronze medal in the medley relay
The Canadian women won the bronze medal in Sunday’s medley relay and won the historic seventh professional medal for Penny Oleksiak.
Kyle Masse in LaSalle, Ontario, Pickrem in Sydney, Clearwater, Florida, and Maggie Mac Neil in London, Ontario. Toronto’s Oleksandr hit the Canadian record with a time of 3:52:60.
Australia won the first place with an Olympic record of 3 minutes and 51.60 seconds, and the United States won the silver medal.
Oleksiak, as the most ornately decorated Olympic athlete in Canadian history, swam the main freestyle leg into the history books. The 21-year-old surpassed speed skater Cindy Klassen and speed skater Clara Hughes with 6 medals.
Masse leads Canada in the backstroke, followed by Pickrem’s breaststroke leg and Mac Neil’s butterfly stroke.
21-year-old Mac Neil also won the gold medal in the 100m butterfly. She and Oleksiak won the silver medal in the 4 x 100 freestyle relay on the first day of the final.
The 25-year-old Mas won a pair of silver medals in the backstroke competition. Olekshak also won the bronze medal in the 200m freestyle.
The women’s swimming team has amassed six medals in Tokyo, the same as the number of medals in the Rio Olympics five years ago.
Taylor Ruck, Pickrem, Mac Neil of Kelowna, British Columbia, and Kayla Sanchez of Toronto had the fastest qualifying time in Friday’s preliminaries and provided a midway for the Canadian team on Sunday.
The Medley Relay Medal is Canada’s first since 1988 and the fourth in the history of the 61st Olympic Games. Canadian women won bronze medals in 1976, 1984 and 1988.
Oleksiak won 100 freestyle gold medals and 100 butterfly silver medals, and helped Canada win two freestyle relay bronze medals at the 16-year-old Rio Olympics.
Oleksiak played a total of 10 matches in 9 days in Tokyo’s preliminaries, semi-finals, finals and relays, where she won a pair of relay medals and 200 free bronze medals.
Oleskiak, Mac Neil and Masse won their third medal at the Tokyo Aquatic Center.
The Canadian Press report was first published on July 31, 2021.