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Canadian Women Win Bronze In 4x200-Metre Relay At Rio

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The Canadian women's 4x200-metre freestyle relay team won bronze at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday night.

Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, Que., B.C.-born Taylor Ruck of Scottsdale, Ariz., Brittany MacLean of Toronto and rising star Penny Oleksiak, also of Toronto, finished the race in seven minutes 45.39 seconds.

The 16-year-old Oleksiak, who already won medals in the 4x100 freestyle relay and the 100 butterfly, anchored the 4x200 team to its bronze, behind gold-winning United States (7:43.03) and second-place Australia (7:44.87).

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Taylor Ruck, Brittany McLean and Katerine Savard of Canada celebrate third place in the Women's 4 x 20m Freestyle Relay, Aug. 10. (Photo: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It's Canada's sixth medal of the Games and fourth in swimming.

"We knew if we put ourselves in a position before Penny dove in that anything was going to possible," MacLean said. "She's been closing so incredibly."

Canada opened its medal haul with bronze in the 4x100 relay on Saturday. Oleksiak added a silver in the 100 butterfly on Sunday and Kylie Masse won bronze in 100 backstroke on Monday night.

The Canadian team made two changes from Wednesday morning's qualifying race for evening relay.

Savard and Ruck were part of the earlier qualifying team for the race but Emily Overholt of West Vancouver, B.C., and Kennedy Goss of Toronto made up the other two. They qualified sixth with a time of 7:51.99 seconds.

Canada was fourth in the event at the 2012 London Games.

Oleksiak had a busy night, also qualifying for the women's 100 freestyle final with a Canadian record and world junior record time of 52.72 seconds, 0.01 seconds off first place Cate Campbell of Australia, who set an Olympic record.

The final goes Thursday night. Another medal for Oleksiak would make her the only Canadian to win four medals at a single Olympics.

"I'm pumped up and ready for tomorrow," Oleksiak said. "If I can recover properly and everything by tomorrow I think I'll be good."

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Taylor Ruck, Brittany McLea, Katerine Savard and Penny Oleksiak of Canada pose with their Bronze medals from the Women's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay on Day 5 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 10, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Canada's Santo Condorelli wasn't so lucky in his medal pursuit. The Kenora, Ont., product narrowly missed the podium — by 0.03 seconds — in the men's 100-metre freestyle. Condorelli touched the wall in a personal best 47.88. Australia's Kyle Chalmers won gold in 47.58, Belgium's Pieter Timmers took silver in 47.80 and American Nathan Adrian earned bronze in 47.85.

Kierra Smith, 22, of Kelowna, B.C., is heading to Thursday's 200-metre breaststroke final, qualifying eighth in 2:22.87 in the semi.

Veteran Martha McCabe of Toronto took the final swim of her career, placing 23rd in the 200-metre breaststroke heats in 2:28.62. The 27-year-old was a 2011 world championships bronze medallist and was fifth at the 2012 London Games.

Winnipeg's Chantal Van Landeghem placed 10th overall in the 100-metre freestyle semifinal and did not advance.

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