Penny Oleksiak stormed to a gold medal tonight in the women’s 100m freestyle final and made Canadian Olympic history in the process.
The 16-year old was 7th after 50m but surged in the second and final lap to tie U.S. swimmer Simone Manuel for the win in an Olympic-record time of 52.70
She is the first athlete born this century to win individual Olympic gold in any event.
Oleksiak later wrote a message posted to social media “So incredibly honoured and humbled by everything that’s happened here tonight. Never been so proud to be part of
The Toronto-native has now grabbed four medals in just six days, completing a full set including a gold, a silver and two bronze and is also the first Canadian swimmer to win four medals at one Summer Games.
She breaks the previous record held by Victor Davis and Anne Ottenbrite in Los Angeles in 1984 and Elaine Tanner in Mexico City in 1968.
Mark Tewksbury, the last Canadian swimmer to win gold in Barcelona in 1992, tweeted “A 24 year gold drought for Canada is over. So proud to pass the baton to
While former Canadian Olympic swimmer Brent Hayden tweeted “Forget Canada making a new penny for
@OleksiakPenny!!! Put her on the dollar!!!”