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Canada wins first medal at 2021 Olympic Games – Statement by Minister Steven Guilbeault

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Team Canada wins a silver medal in in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

GATINEAU, QC, July 25, 2021 – “It’s a happy day for Canada and our athletes in Tokyo! I am pleased to congratulate Kayla Sanchez (Toronto, ON), Margaret Mac Neil (London, ON), Rebecca Smith (Red Deer, AB), Penny Oleksiak (Toronto, ON), and Taylor Ruck (Kelowna, BC) who have won a silver medal in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay (swimming) today, making this Canada’s first medal in these Games,” says Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Canada swam its relay in three minutes 32.78 seconds. Australia won the gold in a world-record time of 3:29.69 and the United States took bronze in 3:32.81

“We’ve all grown up with each other. We’ve all known each other since we were 10. It’s just crazy that 10, 11 years later on an Olympic team and winning a silver medal is wild,” Oleksiak told CBC. 

“This marks Canada’s fourth medal in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay; the others were bronze medals won at Mexico City 1968, Montréal 1976 and Rio 2016. The silver medal won today also marks Team Canada’s 50th all-time medal in swimming,” said Minister Guilbeault.

21-year-old Penny Oleksiak swims an exceptional anchor leg, powering Canada from fourth to second to help Canada capture the silver medal in the women’s 4×100 relay at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics

“These athletes have achieved this despite being forced to train and compete during a pandemic. Working under these conditions while also safeguarding the health of a team, family and community is an achievement on its own, but winning a medal shows how determined our Canadian athletes are in achieving their best.

“The Government of Canada is proud to support our athletes in their quest for international excellence in their sport. They are an example to all of us, especially our youth. I know Canadians are cheering on our athletes all across the country.

“I wish Team Canada continued success at these Games and I know there will be more medals to come. I can’t wait to see more of our athletes achieve their goals. Go Canada Go!”, concludes Minister Steven Guilbeault.

with notes from Canadian Heritage

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