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.
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