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Penny Oleksiak will swim for Canadian Olympic history on Wednesday after qualifying for the women’s 200-meter freestyle final.
If the 21-year-old Toronto swimmer steps onto the podium, it will be her sixth Olympic medal, the highest of any Canadian athlete at the Summer Games. She won four at her first Olympics in Rio 2016 – one gold, one silver and two bronze – and anchored the women’s 4 × 100 freestyle relay team to silver earlier in of these Olympics.Oleksiak finished fourth in her race in one minute 56.39 seconds, 1.57 seconds behind winner Ariarne Titmus, the Australian star who won gold in the 400m freestyle on Sunday. Oleksiak’s time was the sixth fastest of the eight who advanced.
Canadian teenager Summer McIntosh finished fifth in her semi-final and did not advance to the final. The 14-year-old from Toronto was just outside the top eight with a time of 1: 56.82.
Sydney Pickrem closed the day’s first pool session for the Canadians with a place in the women’s 200m IM final.
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