Canadian Olympic gold medalist Penny Oleksiak of Toronto, Ontario won the bronze medal on Saturday in the women’s 100 metre butterfly event in the FINA Champions Swim Series in Budapest, Hungary. It was one of three medals Oleksiak won this past weekend, however the women’s 100 metre butterfly was the only of the three events that has full Olympic medal status.
Oleksiak posted a third place time of 58.52 seconds. Sarah Sjoestroem of Sweden won the gold medal with a time of 56.78 seconds. Farida Hisham Ahmed Osman of Egypt won the silver medal with a time of 58.32 seconds. Oleksiak earned a podium spot quite comfortably. She beat out fourth place finisher Dana Volmer of the United States by 2.71 seconds. Volmer posted a fourth place time of one minute and 1.23 seconds.
In the women’s 100 metre butterfly at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Oleksiak won the silver medal. Her time of 56.46 seconds was 0.98 seconds slower than Sjoestroem, who set a World Record in the women’s 100 metre butterfly at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with a time of 55.48 seconds. Sjoestroem’s world record time three years ago at the Olympic Games has not yet been broken.
Oleksiak’s other two medals this past weekend were a gold in the mixed 4×100 metre freestyle relay and a bronze in the women’s 50 metre butterfly. In addition to winning silver in the women’s 100 metre butterfly at the last Olympic Games, Oleksiak won gold in the women’s 100 metre freestyle, and bronze in the women’s 4×100 metre freestyle relay and the women’s 4×200 metre freestyle relay. Oleksiak looks to be a medal contender again for Canada at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.