We are watching history.
Canadian Penny Oleksiak made Canadian Olympic history last night by winning gold in the women’s 100 metre freestyle.
It was Oleksiak’s fourth medal of the Games, making her the first Canadian to win four medals in a single Summer Games.
The Toronto teenager was in seventh place for most of the race in Rio before turning on the jets in the last 50 metres and finished in a tie for first place with American Simone Manuel in an Olympic record time of 52.7 seconds.
Manuel, by the way, became the first African American to win gold in swimming.
Penny’s victory is Canada’s first Olympic gold in the swimming pool since Mark Tewksbury won the 100 metre backstroke in Barcelona 24 years ago.
Oleksiak, who is 16 years and 59 days old, is the youngest gold medallist in Canadian Olympic history.
She is now one medal away from tying Cindy Klassen’s record for the most in one Olympic Games.
The speedskater won five at the 2006 Games in Turin.
And Penny will have a shot at equaling the mark when she races in the 4×100 medley relay Saturday.