Oleksiak Golden

(RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL) – Today, the Canadian Olympic Committee released a statement after Penny Oleksiak won Canada’s first Olympic gold medal at Rio 2016 and set an Olympic Record for the Women’s 100m Freestyle with a time of 52.70.

This is also the first time a Canadian has won four medals at an Olympic Summer Games.

“Congratulations, Penny, on winning Canada’s first gold medal at Rio 2016 and for setting an Olympic Record,” said Tricia Smith, president of the Canadian Olympic Committee. “This is also the first time a Canadian has won four medals at a summer Games. Outstanding! Your performance was incredible and Canada is so proud of you.”

Oleksiak was sure to give credit where it was deserved.

“This is amazing, to tie for a gold. I never thought I’d win a gold,” she said. “She [joint-winner Simone Manuel of the US] deserves it as much as me. It means so much.”

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