When 16-year-old Penny Oleksiak touched the finish line Thursday night, she made history. Oleksiak became the first Olympic gold medallist born in the 21st century and the youngest in Canadian history. Oleksiak also became the first gold-medal winning Canadian swimmer since Mark Tewskbury in 1992.
Her time of 52:70 in the women’s 100-metre freestyle, which tied with American Simone Manuel, set an Olympic record in the event. And most of all, her four medals in Rio, including a silver and two bronzes, make her the most decorated Canadian ever at a single Summer Games. Here’s how Canada’s young swimming sensation compares to the country’s best Olympians of the past.
Oleksiak is the first Canadian to win four medals at one Summer Olympics.
Before her, just five other Canadians had ever won three medals at a single Summer Games: Elaine Tanner (two silvers, bronze in Mexico City, 1968), Victor Davis (gold, two silvers in Los Angeles, 1984) and Anne Ottenbrite (gold, silver, bronze in Los Angeles, 1984). Tanner was 17 when she accomplished the feat while Ottenbrite was 18 when she earned her haul.
Runners Phil Edwards (three bronzes) and Alex Wilson (silver, two bronzes) also won three medals each at the 1932 Los Angeles Games.