Canada’s female Olympian are owning the podium
By Dami Igbinyemi
Here is a look at the 2020 Summer Olympic wins you missed.
Team Canada wins its first medal of Tokyo 2020 in swimming on July 24, 2021. The second-place medal was won in the Women’s 4x100m freestyle relay event with Kayla Sanchez, Taylor Ruck, Rebecca Smith, and Penny Oleksiak making up the team. Australia won gold, setting a record of 3:29:69, and the United States came in third. This is the first time Canada has Beaten the U.S. in this event at the Olympics.
Jennifer Abel and Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu win Canada’s second medal of Tokyo 2020 in the Women’s 3m Synchro Springboard Diving event. They finished with an overall score of 300.78 points earning their silver medal behind Chinese duo Shi Tingmao and Wang Han with 326.40 points. Citrini-Beaulieu won her first medal in her Olympic debut, and this is Adel second Olympic medal, a bronze at London 2012.
Reigning world champion Margaret Mac Neil wins Canada’s first gold medal of Tokyo 2020 in the Women’s 100m butterfly. Mac Neil edged out Zhang Yufei of China by 0.05 seconds with Emma McKeon of Australia coming in third. This is Mac Neil’s second medal of Tokyo 2020 as she was a part of the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay team. Canada now has two medals in this event in Olympic history, the other won by Penny Oleksiak at Rio 2016.
Kylie Masse wins her second Olympic medal in the Women’s 100m Backstroke, adding to her first bronze at Rio 2016. Masse finished a quarter of a second behind Australian Kaylee McKeown at a time of 57.72 seconds. Masse was 0.02 seconds off her national record set at the Canadian Olympic Trials. This is Canada’s fourth medal in this event; bronze in Rio 2016, silver at Mexico City 1968, bronze at Montreal 1976.
Penny Oleksiak becomes Canadian all-time most decorated summer Olympian with her bronze win in the Women’s 200m freestyle. Oleksiak Olympic debut was at Rio 2016 where she won four medals. Add her win in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay, Oleksiak now has six medals on her belt. She took the last spot on the podium with a time of 1:54:70 behind Australian Ariarne Titmus and Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey.
Jessica Kimkait becomes the first Canadian woman to win an Olympic medal at Judo. The reigning world champion and world number one in the women’s 57kg division wins bronze at Tokyo 2020. This is Canada’s sixth medal in judo, all previous five were won by men.
Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard wins Canada’s second Judo medal with bronze in the women’s 63kg event. Beauchemin-Pinard faced Anriquelis Barrios of Venezuela, who ranked 12th in the world for the bronze medal. This win brings Canada’s total medal in judo to seven.
Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens win Canada’s first Rowing medal of Tokyo 2020. Filmer and Janssens crossed the line in third place with a total time of 6:52.10, 0.65 behind ROC as New Zealand took first. Filmer and Janssens rowed a Canadian best time of 6:49.46 in the semifinals. This is Canada’s third medal in this event.
Women’s eight wins gold in the Olympic Rowing event. The team of Lisa Roman, Kasia Gruchalla-Wesierski, Christian Roper, Andrea Proske, Susanne Grianger, Madison Mailey, Sydney Payne, Avalon Wasteneys and Kristen Kit were in the lead all through the race. They came in first with a time of 5:59:13, beating New Zealand by 0.91 seconds. This is Canada’s fifth medal in this event.
Team Canada wins Bronze in Softball at Tokyo 2020. Canada came in third after defeating Mexico 4-0, The United States and Japan coming in first and second. This is Canada’s first medal in this event. The closest they have ever gotten was fourth place at Beijing 2008.
Maude Charron becomes the second Canadian woman to win an Olympic weightlifting medal, winning gold in the Women’s 64kg event. Charron totalled 236kg for her snatch and clean and jerk, finishing four kg ahead of silver winner Giorgia Bordignon of Italy and six kg above bronze winner Chen Wen-Huei of Chinese Taipei. Charron entered the snatch portion of the competition with the highest entry weight of 102kg. This is Canada’s fifth medal in this event.