Tokyo 2020: Canada wins first medal after swimming to silver in girls’s 4×100 freestyle relay

Tokyo 2020: Canada wins first medal after swimming to silver in girls’s 4×100 freestyle relay

The Canadian Press

Revealed Saturday, July 24, 2021 10:55PM EDT

Final Up to date Saturday, July 24, 2021 10:55PM EDT

TOKYO — Canada has its first medal of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after the ladies’s 4×100 freestyle relay group raced to silver.

Penny Oleksiak and Kayla Sanchez of Toronto, Margaret Mac Neil of London, Ont., and Rebecca Smith of Purple Deer, Alta., completed in a time of three minutes 32.78 seconds as Canada picked up a medal within the occasion for a second straight Video games.

Australia gained gold in a world-record time of three:29.69, whereas the US completed third in 3:32.81.

Oleksiak swam the anchor leg and narrowly beat out American Simone Manuel on the wall.

Canada’s girls need to duplicate the success that they had within the pool on the 2016 Rio Video games, the place they picked up six medals.

Earlier on Sunday, Mac Neil additionally superior to Monday morning’s 100-metre butterfly closing. The 21-year-old world champion within the occasion posted the sixth-fastest time within the semifinals.

An hour after qualifying for the butterfly closing, Mac Neil drew into the relay lineup for Taylor Ruck who swam the warmth for Canada. The ladies posted the third-fastest time within the preliminaries.

Sanchez led off the ultimate adopted by Mac Neil and Smith with Oleksiak bringing the group residence.

Oleksiak and Ruck gained a pair of freestyle relay bronze medals as 16-year-olds in Rio de Janeiro 5 years in the past.

They teamed with Sandrine Mainville and Chantal Van Landeghem within the 4 x 100 to win Canada’s first medal of the 2016 Summer season Olympics.

Oleksiak additionally swam the anchor leg in Rio.

Canada’s girls intention for the rostrum in all three relays in Tokyo after incomes three bronze on the world championship in Gwangju, South Korea two years in the past.

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed July 24, 2021.

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