Sprinting the 100 metre freestyle to take Olympic gold, Penny Oleksiak entered historic territory winning her second individual – and fourth overall – medal at Rio 2016 on Thursday night.
The 16-year-old from Toronto had shattered her own national and junior world record a day earlier in this event, swimming the 100m free in 52.72 seconds. On Thursday, she bettered that mark again clocking 52.70s for an Olympic record and Canada’s first ever women’s medal in this event, tying Simone Manuel of the United States at the wall. The North Americans will each get a gold medal, while Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden (52.99) for bronze.
Oleksiak becomes the first Canadian to win four medals at a single summer Olympic Games. She also ties Victor Davis for most medals ever won by a Canadian swimmer in the Olympics, with one more race projected in Rio.
The medal is Oleksiak’s first gold of the Games; a silver came in the 100m butterfly on Sunday night. She also anchored Canada to bronze medal finishes in the 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relays.
[CSIO Note: Penny is part of Swimming Canada’s High Performance Centre - Ontario, along with Head Coach Ben Titley, training at CSIO and TPASC. Congrats Penny - we are so proud of you!]
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