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Sports Olympic viewing guide: Penny Oleksiak could make history

01:41  28 july  2021
01:41  28 july  2021 Source:   cbc.ca

Canada's first medal of the Olympics is silver: Women's 4x100m freestyle relay team edges U.S. for second place

  Canada's first medal of the Olympics is silver: Women's 4x100m freestyle relay team edges U.S. for second place Anchored by yet another brilliant swim by 2016 superstar Penny Oleksiak, the 4 x 100-metre relay team claimed their country’s first medal at the Tokyo Olympics.Anchored by yet another brilliant swim by 2016 superstar Penny Oleksiak, the 4 x 100-metre relay team claimed their country’s first medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday night, finishing second in the final.

Not even modern technology could separate America's Simone Manuel and Canada's Penny Oleksiak in the final of the women's 100m freestyle. “This medal is not just for me,” Manuel added. “It’s for some of the African-Americans who have come before me and have been inspirations and mentors to me. I hope that I can be an inspiration for others.” Year 2000. Not to be outdone, Oleksiak became the first gold medalist in Olympic history to be born in the 21st century as she swept up her fouth medal of the Games.

Penny Oleksiak smiles after seeing she tied for the gold medal in the women's 100m freestyle finals in Rio. Photo by Lee Jin-man /The Associated Press. Article content. It will be there at these most extraordinary and challenging Games that Oleksiak will churn about the business of making up for lost time and carrying on with what is already one of the most impressive careers from a Canadian Olympic swimmer. From a 16-year-old phenom that roared to success in Rio, to a veteran looking to re-establish her top form, Oleksiak spent much of the past five years off of the world radar.

a person on a court: Penny Oleksiak, 21, can tie the all-time Canadian Olympic record tonight by winning her sixth medal. © Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press Penny Oleksiak, 21, can tie the all-time Canadian Olympic record tonight by winning her sixth medal.

Canada doubled its medal count on Day 4. Swimmer Kylie Masse kicked things off with a silver in the 100-metre backstroke last night before the women's softball team won its bronze game, Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard grabbed Canada's second judo bronze in as many days and weightlifter Maude Charron put an exclamation point on the day by snatching Canada's second gold medal of the Games. Women have won all eight of Canada's medals so far.

That trend could continue on Day 5, starting with one of Canada's most beloved Olympians trying to make history in the pool.

Oleksiak qualifies for freestyle swimming semis after pushing Ledecky for top spot

  Oleksiak qualifies for freestyle swimming semis after pushing Ledecky for top spot Fresh off winning a relay silver medal, Canada's Penny Oleksiak finished second behind reigning Olympic champion Katie Ledecky of the United States on Monday in qualifying for the women's 200-metre freestyle semifinals at Tokyo Aquatics Centre.The Toronto native finished second behind reigning Olympic champion Katie Ledecky of the United States on Monday in qualifying for the women's 200-metre freestyle semifinals at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

Penelope " Penny " Oleksiak (born June 13, 2000) is a Canadian competitive swimmer who specializes in the freestyle and butterfly events. During the 2016 Summer Olympics , she became the first Canadian to win four medals in the same Summer Games and the country's youngest Olympic

Penny Oleksiak says she’s as yet developing. She’s not speaking allegorically about her status at universal swimming rivalries, which she first set up at the Rio 2016 Olympics where she won four awards — including one gold — and set an Olympic precedent in the 100-meter singular free-form Oleksiak is one of the numerous gifted youthful swimmers who will speak to Canada the following summer. Maggie MacNeil, a young person from London, Ont., upset ruling Olympic boss Sarah Sjöström of Sweden to win gold in the 100-meter butterfly at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships.

Here's your daily viewing guide focusing on Canada's best medal hopes, plus some tough news involving two of the Games' biggest international stars, Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka.

Penny Oleksiak could make history tonight

She just turned 21 last month, but Oleksiak already owns a share of the Canadian record for most medals won in the Summer Olympics. After racking up four as a 16-year-old in Rio, Oleksiak captured her fifth medal on Saturday night when she swam a blistering anchor leg to give the Canadian women's 4x100-metre freestyle relay team a silver. Rowing coxswain Lesley Thompson-Willie (1984-2012) and runner Phil Edwards (1928-36) are the only other Canadians to win five medals at the Summer Games.

If Oleksiak reaches the podium in the women's 200m freestyle tonight, she'll move into a tie with Cindy Klassen (speed skating) and Clara Hughes (speed skating and cycling) for the most medals by a Canadian in either the Summer or Winter Olympics (or, in Hughes's case, both). If she doesn't, Oleksiak will have another chance in the 100m freestyle (the event she won gold in at Rio 2016) and the 4x200 free (she helped Canada to bronze in Rio). The heats for those events are on Wednesday morning.

Penny Oleksiak swims into Canada's record books after earning sixth career medal

  Penny Oleksiak swims into Canada's record books after earning sixth career medal Canada's most decorated summer Olympian doesn't have much time to rest and take it in. Penny Oleksiak swam into Canada's record books on Wednesday after winning a bronze in the women's 200-metre freestyle. Her sixth career medal is the most for any Canadian in the Summer Games and ties her for tops overall with speedskater Cindy Klassen and speedskater/cyclist Clara Hughes. And, with several races left to go in Tokyo, the 21-year-old Oleksiak isn't done yet. "It’s definitely crazy," she said. "I don’t think I’ve had time to soak it in yet.

Lucky Penny . Oleksiak , described by her former coach as a "LeBron James-type of talent", is no stranger to sport. The teen sensation's older brother is Jamie Oleksiak , a professional NHL hockey player for the Dallas Stars, while her sister, Hayley, rows for Northeastern University. "I definitely knew the pressure was on to try and I guess make history and get four medals," Oleksiak said after the win. "But it wasn't something I was trying to think about before my race, I was just trying to think about swimming as fast as I could and to be happy with whatever outcome.

Penny Oleksiak dips her hand into her red Team Canada backpack and retrieves four wool work-socks. Put aside the question of what kind of person brings winter foot-wrappers to the Summer Olympics , and focus instead on what’s inside them. Grabbing the green and yellow ribbons, she The 16-year-old Torontonian can be forgiven for not knowing swimming history : She’s been too busy making it. Oleksiak finishes her first Olympics , which was also her first major international meet, with the most medals ever won by a Canadian at a single Summer Games. Her gold in the 100-m freestyle

So, what are Oleksiak's chances tonight in the 200 free? She looked great in the heats, placing second overall to American Katie Ledecky, but not so great in last night's semifinals, finishing sixth as Australia's Ariarne Titmus posted the best time. The final is shaping up as another duel between Titmus and Ledecky, with the Aussie a clear favourite to win her second gold of the Games after edging Ledecky in the 400 freestyle. Also, this is not Oleksiak's best event. She finished second at the Canadian trials to 14-year-old Summer McIntosh, who didn't make it out of the semis last night.

But beyond Titmus, the podium might be more up for grabs than it appears. Ledecky has to compete in the 1,500m final a little over an hour later. That's her signature event, and this is the first time women have been allowed to swim it in the Olympics. Even though she's almost certainly going to win gold, you have to think she'll hold a little back for that historic race, which is the longest distance in swimming. The women's 200m freestyle final goes at .

Penny Oleksiak finishes fourth in women's 100-metre freestyle, just off the podium

  Penny Oleksiak finishes fourth in women's 100-metre freestyle, just off the podium TOKYO — Penny Oleksiak has finished fourth in the women's 100-metre freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics. Oleksiak finished in 52.59 seconds, just seven hundredths of a second behind bronze-medal winner Cate Campbell of Australia. Oleksiak finished in 52.59 seconds, just seven hundredths of a second behind bronze-medal winner Cate Campbell of Australia.

Penny Oleksiak was the star in Rio, but she heads into Tokyo as an underdog. Here are the other Canadian athletes who could surprise and bring home a medal. It might seem strange to see Oleksiak on this list, but ever since Rio, she has failed to find that same winning form. The Canadian swimming superstar has not won an individual medal in a major international competition since those Games, but she looks like she could be returning to form at the perfect time.

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Canada has another shot at a swimming medal at  when Sydney Pickrem competes in the final of the women's 200m individual medley. She took bronze in this event at the most recent world championships, in 2019, and the Olympic field looks relatively balanced.

All of tonight's swimming races — including five finals — will be broadcast live on the CBC TV network starting at 9:30 p.m. ET. You can also stream them all live on CBC Gem, the CBC Olympics app and CBC Sports' Tokyo 2020 website.

Other Canadian medal chances on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning

There's probably only one:

A tropical storm caused two days' worth of races to be postponed, but rowers return to the water tonight at 7:10 p.m. ET. The first of six medal races goes at , and there's a Canadian boat in it. The women's double sculls duo of Jessica Sevick and Gabrielle Smith isn't favoured to win a medal, but they've got a shot. Smith finished fourth with a different partner at the most recent world championships, in 2019.

Canada's top contenders for a rowing medal in Tokyo are Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens, who took bronze in the women's pair event at the 2019 worlds. They compete in their semifinals tonight at 11:20 p.m. ET.

Olympic viewing guide: Andre De Grasse goes for gold, Penny's last shot

  Olympic viewing guide: Andre De Grasse goes for gold, Penny's last shot Here's what to watch on a super Saturday night and Sunday morning that features one of Canada's biggest Olympic stars going for the title of World's Fastest Man and another trying to break the national record for medals.A mouth-watering Day 9 is coming up as the last night of swimming competition leads into track and field's marquee event: the men's 100 metres. Canada's two biggest Summer Olympic stars, Penny Oleksiak and Andre De Grasse, can add to their already-impressive medal collections.

Other Canadians in important races tonight: Patrick Keane and Maxwell Lattimer in the men's lightweight double sculls semifinals at 10:10 p.m. ET, Jill Moffatt and Jennifer Casson in the women's lightweight double sculls semis at 10:50 p.m. ET, Kai Langerfeld and Conlin McCabe in the men's pair semis at 11:10 p.m. ET, and the women's eight in a repechage at 11:40 p.m. ET.

Some other interesting stuff you should know about

The greatest gymnast of all time made the shocking decision after performing an uncharacteristically weak vault in the first rotation of today's event. The initial speculation was that she'd suffered an injury, but Biles later confirmed it had to do with her mental health. She admitted to "second-guessing" herself, which squares with what we saw in her tentative vault attempt, and said she thought it would be better to let her U.S. teammates take over for her. The defending champs ended up finishing second, behind whatever we're calling Russia. Biles's status for the individual competitions, which start with the all-around final on Thursday morning, is unclear. She said she'd "take it a day at a time." Biles is the first woman since 1992 to qualify for all six individual events at an Olympic Games. In 2016, she won three solo gold medals (in the all-around, vault and floor exercise) and a bronze in the balance beam after helping the U.S. to the team title. She took gold in all five of those events at the most recent world championships, in 2019. Read more about her pulling out of the team event, which was the biggest story of the Games today, here.

Canada swims to bronze in medley relay

  Canada swims to bronze in medley relay TOKYO — Canada's women capped Olympic swimming with a bronze medal in the medley relay Sunday and produced a historic seventh career medal for Penny Oleksiak. Kyle Masse of LaSalle, Ont., Sydney Pickrem of Clearwater, Fla., Maggie Mac Neil of London, Ont., and Toronto's Oleksiak touched in 3:52.60, a Canadian record. Australia took gold with an Olympic-record 3:51.60. The Americans were close behind, finishing second in 3:51.73. Oleksiak swamKyle Masse of LaSalle, Ont., Sydney Pickrem of Clearwater, Fla., Maggie Mac Neil of London, Ont., and Toronto's Oleksiak touched in 3:52.60, a Canadian record.

The Japanese superstar has endured her own mental/emotional struggles of late. She walked away from the French Open in late May amid a dispute with organizers over her refusal to do press conferences, saying she needed a break for her mental health. Osaka then skipped Wimbledon before making what seemed like a triumphant return in Tokyo, where she was chosen to light the Olympic flame at last week's opening ceremony. But after beating overmatched opponents in the first two rounds, the world No. 2 was eliminated in straight sets today by 42nd-ranked Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic. Read more about Osaka's disappointing exit here.

Today's 1-1 draw vs. Great Britain in their group-stage finale gave Canada second place in the group, behind the Brits. With Canada all but assured of advancing to the knockout stage before the match kicked off, coach Bev Priestman elected to rest 38-year-old captain Christine Sinclair. Underrated fullback Ashley Lawrence shined in Sinclair's absence, setting up Adriana Leon's goal with a blazing run down the wing and also doing some great work defensively. Read soccer analyst John Molinaro's full breakdown of today's match and his case for why Lawrence might be Canada's best player right now here. At the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Canada upset the host team 2-1 to win its second consecutive Olympic bronze medal. The rematch vs. Brazil is Friday at 4 a.m. ET. The winner faces either the top-ranked United States or the Netherlands in the semifinals.

Canada didn't qualify for the tournament, but former Toronto Blue Jays fan favourite Jose Bautista is on the Dominican Republic's roster, which also includes ex-Jays Melky Cabrera and Emilio Bonifacio. A few other names baseball fans may recall from their major-league days: Ian Kinsler (Israel), Masahiro Tanaka (Japan) and Adrian Gonzalez (Mexico). The U.S. team includes Scott Kazmir, Todd Frazier and Eddy Alvarez, who played for the Marlins last year after winning a silver in short track speed skating at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Read more about the memorable players in the Tokyo tournament here.

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Canadian divers Meaghan Benfeito and Caeli McKay came painfully close — literally — to making it a five-medal day for Canada. They missed the podium by just half a point in the women's 10m synchronized event and revealed later that McKay had competed on a badly injured foot. She tore ligaments during training three weeks ago, and doctors said she needed eight to 10 weeks to recover. But McKay simply refused to miss her first Olympic appearance. In the athletes' village, she pushed herself around on a scooter to take weight off the foot, and she fought through pain on all five dives last night. When it was over, Benfeito carried her wounded teammate out of their press conference. Read Devin Heroux's account of McKay's truly gritty performance here.

How to watch live events

They're being broadcast on TV on CBC, TSN and Sportsnet. Or choose exactly what you want to watch by live streaming on CBC Gem, the CBC Olympics app and CBC Sports' Tokyo 2020 website. Check out the full streaming schedule here.

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