Advertisement

Penny Oleksiak becomes Canada’s most decorated Olympian after women’s medley bronze win

Click to play video: 'Penny Oleksiak wins 7th medal as Canada’s most decorated Olympian' Penny Oleksiak wins 7th medal as Canada’s most decorated Olympian
WATCH: Canadian Olympic swimmer Penny Oleksiak has made history at the Tokyo Olympics, earning her seventh Olympic medal of her career and making her Canada's most decorated Olympian in history. Crystal Goomansingh looks at her achievement, and what it means for her friends and family – Aug 1, 2021

Canada has captured its 13th medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after winning bronze at the women’s 4×100-metre medley relay finals.

Penny Oleksiak, who anchored as freestyle in her leg, won the seventh Olympic medal of her career — historically marking the 21-year-old as Canada’s most decorated Olympian.

Click to play video: 'Team Canada: Training through the pandemic to get to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics' Team Canada: Training through the pandemic to get to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Team Canada: Training through the pandemic to get to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Jul 30, 2021

Read more: Penny Oleksiak already ‘excited’ for 2024 Summer Olympics

Story continues below advertisement

24-year-old Sydney Pickrem swam breaststroke and also picked up her first medal. Maggie Mac Neil, who swam butterfly, and Kylie Masse in backstroke picked up their third medal.

Mac Neil, 21, had secured Canada’s first gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics while Masse, 25, won her previous two silvers in the 100m and 200m backstroke finals.

Click to play video: 'Tokyo Olympics: Canada wins gold medal in women’s eight rowing' Tokyo Olympics: Canada wins gold medal in women’s eight rowing
Tokyo Olympics: Canada wins gold medal in women’s eight rowing – Jul 30, 2021

The four finished with a time of 3:52.60, breaking their previous national record set after winning bronze at the 2019 FINA World Championships. The United States nabbed silver while Australia finished first with a new Olympic record of 3:51.60.

Following their win, Canada’s women swim team has now amassed a total of six medals in Tokyo — as many as it won in the Rio 2016 Olympics. Seven Canadian records were also broken by the swim team.

Story continues below advertisement

“Trust me at the top it isn’t lonely,” wrote Oleksiak in a tweet shortly following her team’s bronze win.

— With files from the Canadian Press

Sponsored content