Canada wins second Olympic relay medal at Rio 2016

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Penny Oleksiak

Anchored by Penny Oleksiak winning her third Olympic medal, the women’s 4×200 metre freestyle relay team nabbed Rio 2016 bronze on Wednesday night.

Katerine Savard got the team going on the first leg, followed by relay specialist Taylor Ruck. Both Savard and Ruck took part in the semifinal earlier in the day that put Canada in a position to compete in the evening draw, their qualifying time seven minutes, 51.99 seconds.

Swimming Canada brought in Brittany MacLean and Oleksiak to replace Emily Overholt and Kennedy Goss. MacLean took the third leg, before Oleksiak powered home for a total time of 7:45.39 (new national record) for the fourth Canadian podium finish in swimming at these Games.

About an hour and a half earlier, Oleksiak, 16, shattered her own national and world junior record in the 100m freestyle to qualify for Thursday’s final, where she’ll have a chance to win an unprecedented fourth Olympic medal, a feat no Canadian has ever achieved at a single Games.

Wednesday’s podium finish was the second medal for another 16-year-old, Ruck, who was on the 4x100m team with Oleksiak that won bronze on Day 1.

Story and Photo from the Canadian Olympic Committee | Olympic.ca

News Category: 

Latest News

  • Dr. Cheri Blauwet
    September 21, 2017
    Dr. Cheri Blauwet, the seven-time Paralympic medallist and instructor at Harvard Medical School, says society needs a universal vision when it comes to viewing sport and health promotion in her keynote address at the VISTA 2017 Conference this...
  • Dr. Robert Steadward (left), Victoria Goosey-Tolfrey and Andrew Parsons at VISTA Conference in Toronto
    September 21, 2017
    September 20, 2017, TORONTO – Britain’s Victoria Goosey-Tolfrey was presented with the Scientific Award in Wednesday’s Opening Ceremony to cap day one at the 2017 VISTA Conference being held until Saturday at the Chelsea Hotel and the Toronto Pan Am...
  • Andrew Parsons Elected President Of International Paralympic Committee
    September 8, 2017
    Brazil’s Andrew Parsons has been elected President of the International Paralympic Committee at the IPC 18th General Assembly, succeeding Sir Philip Craven, who has led the organization since 2001. Canadian Paralympian Patrick Jarvis was one of four...
  • 12 Medals For Canada At Pan Am Track Championships
    September 6, 2017
    Team Canada won an incredible 12 medals, including five gold at the Pan Am Track Championships, the Continental Championships for North, Central and South America. The Championships were held in Trinidad, over August 30th to September 3rd. Canada...
  • Canadian Women Complete Golden Performance At Americas Cup
    August 31, 2017
    Cindy Ouellet of Quebec City netted 35 points to lead Canada to an 82-56 victory over the United States on Tuesday August 29 to win the gold medal in the women’s championship final at the Americas Cup wheelchair basketball tournament. “We came out...