2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES
- When: Pool swimming: Saturday, July 24 – Sunday, August 1, 2021
- Open Water swimming: Wednesday, August 4 – Thursday, August 5, 2021
- Where: Olympic Aquatics Centre / Tokyo, Japan
- Heats: 7 PM / Semifinals & Finals: 10:30 AM (Local time)
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Penny Oleksiak and fellow Canadian women took bronze in the women’s 4×100 medley with a 3:52.60 to Australia’s 3:51.60 for gold and the USA’s 3:51.73 for silver. This mark’s Oleksiak’s 7th podium finish at an Olympic Games to relay to make her the most decorated Canadian Olympian in history.
Oleksiak won 4 medals at the Rio 2016 Games, taking gold in the 100 freestyle, silver in the 100 butterfly, and bronze in the 4×100 and 4×200 freestyle relay. Oleksiak added 3 medals in Tokyo in a 200 freestyle bronze, 4×100 freestyle silver, and 4×100 medley bronze. Oleksiak also race the women’s 100 freestyle individually, placing 4th overall.
Oleksiak has won 7 Olympic medals in her career to surpass Cindy Klassen and Clara Hughes who have won 6 medals each. Klassen won her 6 medals at 2002 at 2006 Winter Olympics in speed-skating. Her best finish at an Olympics was in 2006 where she took gold in the 1500 and added 2 silvers (team pursuit/1000m) and 2 bronzes (3000m/5000m) there, having won bronze in the 3000 in 2002.
Clara Hughes on the other hand actually won her 6 Olympic medals in 2 different sports at 2 different versions of the Olympics. Hughes first won 2 bronze medals in road cycling for Canada at the 1996 Olympics and then made the switch to speed skating where she added another 4 medals between 2002 and 2010.
While Penny Oleksiak broke the individual medal record for Canada, the 3:52.60 time by the team marked a new Canadian record. It was nearly a second under the former NR in the event of 3:53.58 which the exact same lineup of women hit at the 2019 World Championships.
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Oleksiak swam the freestyle leg for the Canadian contingent, splitting a 52.26 anchor leg which was the second-fastest in the field to Cate Campbell’s 52.11 for Australia. She rounded out the race for Canada, following Kylie Masse‘s 57.90 backstroke leg, Sydney Pickrem‘s 1:07.17 breaststroke, and Maggie MacNeil‘s 55.27 butterfly. Both Masse and MacNeil’s respective backstroke and butterfly legs were the fastest swims of that stroke in the heat.
This marks Kylie Masse‘s 4th Olympic medal, adding to her 2016 100 backstroke bronze, 2020 100/200 backstroke silver. MacNeil has now won 3 Olympic medals as she took gold earlier on in Tokyo in the 100 butterfly and silver in the women’s 4×100 freestyle. As for Pickrem, this is her first-ever Olympic medal.