Saying that Penny Oleksiak has been on fire this meet is the understatement of the year; after a Canadian record in the 100m butterfly and making the Olympic squad at just 15-years-old, Oleksiak took a huge half-second off the world junior record in the 100m freestyle.
Oleksiak was absolutely phenomenal in the 100m freestyle tonight. She went out in a 25.71 and held on during the final 50 to bring it home in 53.31. That time broke China’s Shen Duo’s world junior record of 53.84 and took down Chantal Van Landeghem‘s Canadian record of 53.83.
The time ties Oleksiak for fourth in the world with Dutch sprinter Ranomi Kromowidjojo and sets her up to be one of the top sprinters in Rio.
On a global scene, the time makes Oleksiak the 15th fastest 100m freestyler of all time, a remarkable achievement for the 15-year-old swimmer.
Oleksiak will have a ton of support on Rio as she starts her journey as a premier international swimmer. Three of her teammates from the High Performance Centre – Ontario will be joining her on the 4x100m freestyle relay this summer.
Van Landeghem finished second to Oleksiak in the final tonight, also securing herself Olympic nomination in the individual event.
Van Landeghem finished just off her best time and previous Canadian record with a 53.91. Both Sandrine Mainville and Michelle Williams who train with Oleksiak and Van Landeghem under Ben Titley at HPC – Ontario will be joining the two leaders for the relay this summer.
OLEKSIAK’S SWIM BY THE NUMBERS
- 0.52 – the time in seconds Oleksiak took off Chantal Van Landeghem‘s Canadian record
- 0.53 – the time in seconds Oleksiak took off Shen Duo’s world junior record
- 4th – the place Oleksiak is now ranked in the world
- 15th – How she ranks amongst all 100m freestylers in swimming history
- 15 – how old she currently is