TOKYO – Canada’s women capped Olympic swimming with a bronze medal in the medley relay on Sunday and produced a historic seventh career medal for Penny Oleksiak.
Kyle Masse from LaSalle, Ontario, Sydney Pickrem from Clearwater, Florida, Maggie Mac Neil from London, Ontario. and Toronto’s Oleksiak played 3: 52.60, a Canadian record.
Australia finished first with an Olympic record of 3: 51.60 and the United States claimed silver.
Oleksiak swam the anchor freestyle stage in the history books as the most decorated Olympian in Canadian history. The 21-year-old bested speed skater Cindy Klassen and speed skater / cyclist Clara Hughes with six medals each.
Masse led Canada in backstroke, followed by Pickrem’s chest leg and Mac Neil in butterfly.
Mac Neil, 21, also caught 100-meter butterfly gold. She and Oleksiak took silver in the 4 x 100 freestyle relay on the first day of the final.
Mass, 25, won a pair of silver coins on his back. Oleksiak also claimed bronze in the 200m freestyle.
The women’s swim team racked up six medals in Tokyo to match its Rio tally from five years ago.
Taylor Ruck of Kelowna, BC, Pickrem, Mac Neil and Kayla Sanchez of Toronto posted the fastest qualifying time in Friday’s playoffs to give Canada a center lane on Sunday.
The medley relay medal was Canada’s first since 1988 and the fourth in the 61-year Olympic history of racing. Canadian women were bronze medalists in 1976, 1984 and 1988.
Oleksiak won 100 freestyle gold, 100 butterfly silver and pinned Canada to a pair of freestyle relay bronze medals at age 16 in Rio.
The heats, semi-finals, finals and relays added up to 10 races over nine days for Oleksiak in Tokyo, where he added a pair of relay medals and 200 free bronzes to his total.
Oleskiak, Mac Neil and Masse claimed their third medal at the Tokyo Aquatic Center.