Women are leading the way for Team Canada winning the nation’s first 11 medals at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The women’s eight rowing crew started Friday (30 July) on a high, claiming Canada’s first gold in the event in 29 years.
Penny Oleksiak won bronze in the women’s 200-metre freestyle on Wednesday making her Canada’s most decorated summer Olympian.
It was 21-year-old Olesiak’s sixth Olympic medal, as she had already won silver in Tokyo and four (one gold, one silver and two bronze) in her first Olympics in 2016 in Rio. Oleksiak tied with speed skaters Clara Hughes and Cindy Klassen for the most medals won by Canadian Olympians.
Aside from Olesiak, several of Canada’s other women Olympians also created history at the 2020 Games.
Jessica Klimkait became the first Canadian woman to win an Olympic medal in judo for the country. The reigning world champion and world number one in the women’s 57kg division delivered an explosive performance.
The Canadian women’s softball team also made history winning bronze which was a first for Canada.
Swimmer Maggie Mac Neil won Canada’s first gold in the 100m butterfly event at the Games in a Canadian record of 55.59 seconds. Mac Neil, who is competing in her first Olympics, was also part of the Canadian women’s 4×100-metre freestyle relay team that won silver on Sunday.
Divers Jennifer Abel and Mélissa Citrini-Beaulieu captured silver in the women’s synchronized three-metre springboard competition to secure Canada’s second medal at these Olympics.
Weightlifter Maude Charron brought us our second gold.
According to news reports, women have always come through for Canada at the Olympic Games. They won the first 12 medals of the Rio Games for Canada and ended up winning 16 of the 22 medals there.
Out of the 371 athletes that make up Team Canada in Tokyo, 60 per cent are female or identify as female.