RIO DE JANIERO – It didn’t take long for Canada to medal at the Rio Summer Games, and a Winnipegger played a big role in getting it done.
Chantal Van Landeghem, along with Sandrine Mainville, Taylor Ruck and Penny Oleksiak, captured bronze in the 4x100m freestyle relay Saturday night, finishing with a time of 3:32.89.
The 22-year-old Van Landeghem, who began swimming at the Manta Swim Club, swam the second leg of the race, helping fend off a strong push from the Netherlands.
The medal was Canada’s first in this specific discipline in 40 years, first women’s swimming medal since 1996 and the first time since 2004 that Canada medalled on the first day of the Games.
Australia set a world record in winning the gold medal in 3:30.65. The United States came second.
Photo courtesy Van Landeghem’s Twitter page