Maggie Mac Neil Captures Canada’s First Gold Medal In 100m Butterfly
Canada’s Maggie Mac Neil has won Canada’s first gold medal in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Monday, after finishing first in the women’s 100m butterfly.
Mac Neil was seventh at the halfway point of the women’s 100-metre butterfly but swam a strong second length to win in a time of 55.59 seconds.
“It was more than I was hoping for at this point,” Mac Neil said. “I was really just trying to enjoy the experience and just have fun, which I think I did today.
“So I’m really proud of that and just trying to not be so nervous and just try to loosen up, which is when I really swim at my best.”
Mac Neil, a senior at the University of Michigan, is also a two-time NCAA champion in freestyle and butterfly.
Canada currently holds three medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics — all in the swimming category.