Penny Oleksiak Downs 100 Free Canadian Record For Second Time Today


Penny Oleksiak garnered cheers from the crowd after she broke the Canadian national record in the 100m freestyle for the second time today in order to win the second semifinal.

Oleksiak was a 52.19, bettering the 52.36 that she went this morning in order to qualify first overall. Oleksiak will be heading into tomorrow’s final tied as the top seed with Brittany Elmslie of Australia who won the first semifinal.

Right beside Oleksiak in semifinal two was Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands, who rocked a 52.76 at the touch to fall behind her for second, and fifth overall.

Oleksiak, who’s known for charging on the back-half of the race split a 26.84 on the final 50, the fastest split of the entire field.

The time for Oleksiak narrows in on the FINA imposed world junior record of 52.09. Thus far, no junior swimmer has bettered that mark since FINA recognized it.

Taking the third seed behind Oleksiak and Elmslie was another rising star, Rikako Ikee of Japan. Ikee was a 52.47 in the first semifinal. Right behind her was Sandrine Mainville of Canada in 52.58, just off her best time.

The top eight finalists were all under 53-seconds during the semifinals.

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6 years ago

That wjr is from Missy correct?

M Palota
Reply to  Uberfan
6 years ago

No. It’s a “FINA imposed time”. Means that nobody’s gone that fast but FINA thinks that what the World Junior Record should be. Kinda weird, eh?

Reply to  M Palota
6 years ago

Funny that it happens to match Missy’s time at 16.

Reply to  Ps78
6 years ago

Don’t jinx Penny for the future ????

Reply to  Hswimmer
6 years ago

Not a bad jinx to go on to have multiple Gold medals & the best teeth in the continent .
HS – do not give up your day job to be a witch doctor .

Reply to  G.I.N.A
6 years ago


All of your comments baffle me. Every single one. I’m not sure if that’s intentional or not.

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