RIO DE JANEIRO – Penny Oleksiak’s nickname “Typical Pen” is also her Instagram handle, but her talent in the pool is anything but typical.
The 16-year-old Toronto teen won a silver medal in the women’s 100-metre butterfly Sunday for both her and Canada’s second medal in as many days at the Summer Games in Rio.
Oleksiak anchored the women’s relay team to bronze the previous night. Her Olympic debut also included lowering her own world junior butterfly record in the heats and then the final to 56.46 seconds.
“The first few seconds after I touched the wall I didn’t look back. I was just trying to catch my breath,” Oleksiak said after the race.
“I wasn’t even sure I’d even medalled until I looked up and saw the Canadian flags in the air around me. Getting to see that and getting to see that you medalled is just an amazing feeling.
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