Jul 28, 2021

By Jane Brown

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She is now the most decorated Canadian Summer Olympic competitor.

Toronto’s Penny Oleksiak has won a bronze medal in the women’s 200 metre freestyle event, bringing Canada’s medal count in Tokyo to nine.

It’s Penny’s second medal at these Games, and her sixth overall.

She won bronze in a personal-best time of 1:54.70.

Her win also marks the first time Canada has won a medal in the 200-metre freestyle event.

Once she caught her breath, Penny said it’s exciting to know her loved ones on this side of the world are also celebrating.

“I literally face timed my family as I was walking over here,” Oleksiak told reporters, “It’s really just fun to see them enjoying themselves and celebrating over in Toronto altogether.”

Oleksiak is now tied for overall Olympic medals with Clara Hughes, who won two summer medals in cycling and four winter medals in speedskating, and with Cindy Klassen, who won six medals in speedskating.

Oleksiak burst on the the Olympic swimming scene at just 16 years of age, taking home four medals from the 2016 Rio Games.

With several races still to go in Tokyo, she could still claim the title of most decorated Canadian Olympian ever.

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