The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have come to an end and Canada has achieved historic success, earning a total of 24 medals, 7 of which were golds. This has been the most medals that Canada has ever won in a non-boycotted Olympic Games! From breaking world records in decathlons to achieving Canada's first golds in numerous events, Canadians can be proud to be home of some of the world's greatest athletes!
So which in events did Canadians win gold at Tokyo 2020? Check out our list below!
Margaret MacNeil has made Canada proud by coming in first place in 100m butterfly. MacNeil was swimming in lane 7 and was seventh at the turn of the race, but quickly increased her speed. At the end of the race, she barely outswam Zhang Yufei from China by 0.05 of a second, ending with an impressive time of 55.59 seconds. With this victory, Canada has received their first ever gold in women's 100m butterfly, with the only other medal for this being won at Rio 2016 by Penny Oleksiak for silver!
Andre De Grasse not only won gold in the men's 200m at Tokyo 2020, but has also set a national record time of 19.62 seconds! An astounding victory for Canada as this is Canada's first 200m gold medal in 93 years! This is De Grasse's second straight Olympic medal in the 200m, with his first being silver at Rio 2016. After Tokyo 2020, De Grasse has earned a total of 6 medals, tying with Cindy Klassen and Clara Hughes for second most medals won by a Canadian athlete at the Olympics.
In the final match against Sweden on Day 14 of Tokyo 2020, Canada was tied 1-1. It was anyone's game and the final points were decided through penalty kicks. Both teams gave it their all, but Canada's Julia Grosso pushed through at the end, scoring the game-winning goal and earning gold for Team Canada with a final score of 3-2. Among the team, Christine Sinclair, Sophie Schmidt, and Desiree Scott are now three-time Olympic medalists, while the other 11 players became two-time medalists. This was not only a great accomplishment for Team Canada, but for transgender and non-binary athletes around the world as well. One of the midfielders for Team Canada, Quinn, has now become the first openly transgender and non-binary athlete in any sport to ever win an Olympic medal! This victory is the fourth time in Canada's history at the Summer Games that a team has won gold, with the previous gold victory being won in 1908 by Canada's men lacrosse team.
From doing gymnastics to performing in a circus and then winning an Olympic gold in weightlifting, Maude Charron totaled 236kg on her snatch and clean and jerk, finishing a whopping 4kg ahead of the Italy's runner-up, Giorgia Bordigon. This impressive lift has qualified Charron to be the number three-ranked woman in the 64kg event in the International Weightlifting Federation's Absolute Ranking!
Damian Warner makes history at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by not only becoming Canada's first Olympic decathlon champion, but also setting an Olympic Record! With a final score of 9018 points, Warner becomes the fourth decathlete in Olympic history to break the 9000 point mark!
Warner absolutely shattered the competition, coming almost 300 points ahead of the runner up and 125 points ahead of the previous Olympic record holders, Ashton Eaton and Roman Sebrle. After Tokyo 2020 and Warner's jaw-dropping performance, Canada can be proud to be home to the World's Greatest Athlete.
After the arduous 2000m race, Canada women's eight wins rowing gold at Tokyo 2020 finishing in 5:59.13. After a great start by Team Canada, they quickly kept up this pace and continued to accelerate past the competition. This uncontested pace continued through the first 1500m, but New Zealand powered through in the final 500m giving Canada a run for their money, but Canada did not let that phase them. Team Canada continued their relentless push and secured gold by 0.91 of a second over New Zealand! This hard-earned victory is Canada's first gold in this event after 29 years, with the previous gold being won in Barcelona 1992.
Kelsey Mitchell zooms past the competition as she wins the gold medal for women's sprint in cycling track on the final day of Tokyo 2020! Mitchell, along with Lori-Ann Muenzer, are now Canada's only Olympic gold medalists in track cycling history. What's even more impressive is that this is Mitchell's first ever Olympic medal! This race was hard fought as in the first race, she was set against Emma Hinze of Germany, the reigning world champion in women's sprint. Mitchell did not let this affect her performance as she easily out-sprinted Hinze to the line, putting herself in the gold medal race against Olga Starikova of Ukraine. It was a tough race for both contenders, but Mitchell managed to secure both rounds in this best-two-of-three competition, earning the final gold medal for Team Canada.