Penny Oleksiak becomes Canada's most decorated Summer Olympian after winning bronze in Tokyo

By Zach Harper

Penny Oleksiak becomes Canada's most decorated Summer Olympian after winning bronze in Tokyo

Penny Oleksiak is just 21 years old, lightning fast in the pool and is now Canada's most decorated Summer Olympian.

On July 28, the Toronto-born athlete won bronze in the 200-metre freestyle event at the Tokyo Summer Olympics, bringing her all-time tally of Olympic medals to six. She stunned with a time of one minute, 54.7 seconds, which is a personal best for her in that event.

"I just love the Olympics," she told CBC Sports after her latest incredible achievement. "I think they're so fun and I think knowing the whole world is watching is super crazy. I'm not done yet, so I hope there's more coming."

Penny swimming to her latest medal in the 200-metre freestyle event on July 28. Photo: © JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images

Other Olympians and stars were quick to congratulate Penny on her remarkable race.

Tessa Virtue excitedly retweeted Team Canada's announcement that Penny had made Olympic history by saying Penny was the greatest of all time, using three goat emojis.

"As she said after her bronze medal swim: she isn't finished yet!" tweeted Liberal MP Adam Van Koeverden, who is a four-time Olympic medalist in sprint kayaking.

"This girl is on fire!" two-time world champion hurdler Perdita Felicien tweeted.

"6 medals. She's 21. She's Canada's powerhouse," ET Canada's Sangita Patel tweeted, sharing a photo of her and Penny together.

Penny's six medals throughout her Olympic career tie her with Clara Hughes and Cindy Klassen. Clara won two Olympic bronze medals at Atlanta in 1996 and four Olympic speed skating medals from 2002 to 2010 at various Winter Olympics, while Cindy captured six speed skating medals at Olympics in 2002 and 2006.

Clara Hughes and Cindy Klassen shared the podium together at the 2006 Turin Olympics as they won gold and bronze, respectively, in the women's 5,000-metre speed skating event. Germany's Claudia Pechstein won silver. Photo: © Sampics/Corbis via Getty Images

Penny had already thrilled Canadians when she helped power the women's 4x100-metre freestyle relay team to a silver medal on the opening day of competition in the swimming events in Tokyo. Penny, who was already winning medals in various events at age 14, anchored the 4x100-metre race, edging out the United States' Simone Manuel to touch the wall less than a second ahead of her, giving Canada its first medal in Tokyo.

Penny, left, with Rebecca Smith, Maggie Mac Neil and Kayla Sanchez after their 4x100-metre freestyle relay win in Tokyo. Photo: © ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images

In addition to her two medals in Tokyo, Penny won a whopping four in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. She picked up a gold in the 100-metre freestyle event – tieing with Simone – a silver in the 100-metre butterfly and two bronzes in the 4x100-metre freestyle and 4x200-metre freestyle relays. She was just 16 years old at the time.

Penny has three more opportunities to add to her medal haul and become the most decorated Olympian in Canadian history. We could still see her on the podium in the 100-metre freestyle event, the 4x100-metre medley relay and the 4x200-metre freestyle relay.

Good luck, Penny! We're so proud of you!

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