Oleksiak won bronze in the 200-metre freestyle final and became Canada’s most decorated Summer Olympian
TOKYO — Penny Oleksiak, medal machine, had just made history, becoming Canada’s most decorated Summer Olympian of all-time.
For a moment, all she could think about was the pain.
Oleksiak battled to bronze in Wednesday’s 200-metre freestyle, an all-out drainer that barely leaves enough energy to muster a smile when you reach the wall.
“It really hurts,” Oleksiak said later, now grinning ear-to-ear. “I hit the wall and I saw the light beside my name, and I honestly didn’t really care. I was just like, ‘My legs are killing me right now.’ ”
Oleksiak is killing it at the Olympic Games.
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She was the breakout star of Rio 2016, returning from Brazil with four medals in her luggage — two individual and two in relay.
Still only 21, she has already picked up a pair at Tokyo 2020.
“I’m not done,” she told CBC immediately after climbing out of the pool. “So I hope there’s more coming.”
With Wednesday’s gritty, gutty performance in the 200, Oleksiak officially earned her place among the all-time greats. She already had, but now the record book says so.
No other Summer Olympian has ever captured more than five career medals on Canada’s behalf.
“It’s weird. It’s definitely crazy,” Oleksiak said of this incredible claim-to-fame. “I don’t think I’ve had time to soak it in yet.”