Canada’s first Olympic gold medal in Tokyo 2020 was captured by Maggie Mac Neil in the women’s 100-metre butterfly. She managed to beat the Canadian record on Monday morning by achieving a time of 55.59 seconds. China’s Zhang Yufei took the silver with a time of 55.64 and Australia’s Emma McKeon got bronze with 55.72 seconds.
Mac Neil is from London, Ontario, and is competing in her first-ever Olympic Games. She already won two medals and said “I can’t believe this moment happened,” after becoming a champion. The time she swam the race was the third-fastest time ever in the 100-metre breaststroke.
Her start was slow as by the first turn she was in the seventh position but managed to take the lead in the last 50 metres. Mac Neil commented “I.m not usually out fast,… I like to have time to get going, stay smooth, and strong. The second 50 metres is always my sweet spot and where I feel most comfortable.
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