Canadian women just miss podium in 4x200m freestyle relay

Canadian women just miss podium in 4x200m freestyle relay

The medal-streak at the pool has ended for the Canadian women.

The foursome of Summer McIntosh, Kayla Sanchez, Rebecca Smith and Penny Oleksiak just missed the podium in the women’s 4×200-metre freestyle relay, finishing fourth behind gold medallist China, who set a world record with a time of seven minutes 40.33 seconds, the U.S. and Australia. Canada’s time of 7:43.77 set a Canadian record.

Coming into the event Canadian women had won medals at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre for four consecutive days. 

Oleksiak was looking to become the most decorated Olympian by winning her seventh medal. 

A day earlier, Oleksiak tied speed skaters Clara Hughes and Cindy Klassen for the most medals won by Canadian Olympians with six. Rowing’s Lesley Thompson-Willie and track and field’s Phil Edwards have five each in the Summer Olympics.

Summer McIntosh, 14, in her Olympic debut was looking for her first medal, while Rebecca Smith and Kayla Sanchez were looking for their second after winning silver in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay with Oleksiak earlier in these Olympics.

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Published at Thu, 29 Jul 2021 03:56:15 +0000