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Penny Oleksiak made Canadian history on Day 5 of the Tokyo Olympic Games after earning a bronze medal in women's 200-metre freestyle.
Oleksiak became the most decorated Canadian summer Olympian of all time with six medals, surpassing Lesley Thompson-Willie and Phil Edwards while tying Cindy Klassen and Clara Hughes for most overall Olympic medals.
The 21-year-old from Toronto finished the race with an impressive time of 1:54.70. Claiming silver was Hong Kong's Siobhan Bernadette Haughey, who earned a time of 1:53.92 to pick up the country's first-ever swimming medal. Australia's Ariarne Titmus won gold with a time of 1:53.50, setting a new Olympic record.
The bronze marks the second medal Oleksiak has won at the Tokyo Games. The Canadian also earned a silver medal in the women's 4x100m freestyle relay.
"It's really weird," Oleksiak told CBC when asked about making Canadian history. "But, I mean, I'm not done yet, so I hope that there's more coming."
Oleksiak could be standing alone as the most decorated Canadian Olympian ever as early as Wednesday evening (Thursday morning in Tokyo). She will compete in the 4x200m freestyle relay heats Wednesday morning with the final scheduled for later in the evening. On Friday, she will look to defend her gold in the 100m freestyle, before wrapping things up on Sunday in the medley relay.
Canada has now picked up nine medals at the Tokyo Games, with an astonishing five coming in the pool.
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