Penny Oleksiak Wins Gold Medal At Rio Olympics

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Teen swimming sensation Penny Oleksiak tied for gold in the women’s 100-metre freestyle on Thursday at the Rio Olympics.

The 16-year-old Toronto native finished in an Olympic record time of 52.70 seconds with American Simone Manuel. Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden captured bronze in 52.99 seconds.


Penny Oleksiak on the podium of the women’s 100m freestyle, Aug. 11. (Photo: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images)

“This is amazing, to tie for a gold. I never thought I’d win a gold,” Oleksiak said. “She (Manuel) deserves it as much as me. It means so much.”

Oleksiak becomes the first Canadian swimmer to win four medals in a single Summer Games. She has already won silver in the 100-metre butterfly, and has bronze medals in the 4×100-metre and 4×200-metre freestyle relays.

“This is amazing, to tie for a gold. I never thought I’d win a gold.”

It was the first time a Canadian woman competed in the 100-metre freestyle since Marion Lay finished fourth in Mexico City in 1968.

Kelowna, B.C., native Kierra Smith finished seventh in the women’s 200-metre breastroke in a time of two minutes 23.19 seconds. Japan’s Rie Kaneto won the race in 2:20.30 with Russia’s Yulia Efimova (2:21.97) in second and China’s Jinglin Shi (2:22.28) earning bronze.

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Penny Oleksiak won gold in the women’s 100m freestyle. (Photo: Lucas Oleniuk/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Santo Condorelli didn’t qualify for the men’s 50 metre freestyle final. He finished fifth in his semifinal heat but a fast swim in the second semi bumped the Kenora, Ont., native to 12th. Condorelli also fell short of qualifying for the men’s 100-metre butterfly final by 0.10 seconds.

Hilary Caldwell of White Rock, B.C., advanced to the final of the women’s 200-metre backstroke after finishing first in her heat in 2:07.17. Only Katinka Hosszu of Hungary had a faster time than Caldwell (2:06.03). Dominique Bouchard of North Bay, Ont., failed to advance to the final after finishing her semi in 2:09.07.