Canada wins bronze in 4x200 m freestyle swimming at Rio 2016 Olympics

Aug 11 2016, 10:07 am

Canada has won another bronze medal in swimming, this time from the women’s 4×100 metre freestyle relay team.

The team of Katerine Savard, Taylor Ruck, Brittany MacLean, and Penny Oleksiak got the job done, finishing the race in a time of 7:45.39, just behind Australia (silver) and the United States (gold). Emily Overholt and Kennedy Goss, who swam for Canada in the prelims, will also receive medals.

Canada came from behind, sneaking into third place after MacLean’s leg. Oleksiak solidified their spot in third, and pushed Australia for silver.

This is the first time Canada has ever won a medal in this event, as the impressive Olympics for Canada’s young female swimmers continues.

The medal for Oleksiak is her third in these Olympics, while Ruck, who is also just 16 years-old, has two. Oleksiak and Ruck were also on the bronze medal winning 4×100 freestyle relay team.

Oleksiak has tied a Canadian record for most medals in a single Summer Olympics. She’ll have an excellent chance to break that – maybe with a gold medal – on Thursday night in the 100-metre freestyle final.

The win also keeps Canada’s streak alive, winning at least one medal every day in these Games. Canada now has one silver and five bronze medals, all won by our female athletes. Four of those medals have come in swimming, which matches the number of medals won in swimming for Canada from the past two Olympics combined.

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