The quartet of Kylie Masse, Sydney Pickrem, Maggie Mac Neil and Penny Oleksiak made their way to a bronze medal in the women’s 4×100-meter medley relay on Sunday morning at the Tokyo Aquatic Center. The four finished with a Canadian record of three minutes 52.60 seconds to finish third, behind gold medalist Australia (3: 51.60) and the United States (3: 51.73), who won money.
It’s yet another podium performance at the pool for Canada, a sixth medal at the Tokyo Olympics equaling their total from five years ago in Rio.
In the process, Oleksiak becomes the most decorated Olympian in Canadian history with seven career medals. The 21-year-old from Toronto won four medals in Rio and followed him by three in Tokyo.
It was Oleksiak’s third attempt to clinch the Canadian record medal. She had to settle for fourth in her previous two races – the 100m freestyle and the 200m freestyle relay.
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Mac Neil, who won gold in the women’s 100m butterfly and silver in the 4x100m freestyle relay, also won three medals at that competition, as did LaSalle, Ont. Masse, who added to his two silver medals in the 100m and 200m backstroke.
Oleksiak, Mac Neil and Oleksiak are the first Canadian trio to win multiple non-boycotted Olympics medals in the same sport.
This is Pickrem’s first Olympic medal in two Games appearances.
Days earlier, Oleksiak tied speed skaters Clara Hughes and Cindy Klassen for most medals won by Canadian Olympians with six. Lesley Thompson-Willie of rowing and Phil Edwards of track and field have five each at the Summer Olympics.
Oleksiak now has one gold, two silver and four bronze at two Olympics.
On her Olympic debut at just 16 in Rio, Oleksiak became the first Canadian athlete to win four medals at the same Summer Games.
Swimmers set 7 Canadian records
She became the country’s first Olympic swimming champion since Mark Tewksbury at the 1992 Olympics and the first Canadian to win that title since Anne Ottenbrite won gold in Los Angeles in 1984.
In addition to six medals, Canadian swimmers broke seven Canadian records and finished fourth on four occasions at these Olympic Games in Tokyo.
“Our team’s goal was to be competitive from Day 1 to Day 9 of the Olympic Games swim program,” said John Atkinson, High Performance Director for Swimming Canada. “We also focused on improving and progressing through the prelims, semi-finals and finals, and to achieve those goals we would need resilience.
“I believe we have achieved all three of these goals, and the athletes, coaches and staff have succeeded. “
Two of the fourth places came from Summer McIntosh, 14, who will no doubt be a force in three years in Paris. And the Canadiens’ fourth place in the men’s 4x100m relay was his best result to date in that event.