White Rock, BC’s Hilary Caldwell has won Olympic bronze for Canada in the 200-metre backstroke final.
The medal is the 10th for Canada – all won by female athletes – and the sixth medal for Canada in swimming.
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The gold medal went to American Madeline Dirado with a time of 2:05.99, in a major upset over Katinka Hosszu of Hungary (2:06.05).
Caldwell was well back of the top-two swimmers with a time of 2:07.54, edging Russian Daria Ustinova by 0.35 seconds for bronze.
Caldwell had the second-fastest time in the semi-final, and was a favourite to win a medal in this race. She delivered.
There’s just one day remaining in the swimming competition, and Canada will have another chance to add to their medal tally. Penny Oleksiak and the Canadian 4 x 100 m medley relay team have high hopes in their race on Saturday night.