Team Canada qualified for Tokyo 2020 in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay event after winning bronze on day one of the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

This also marks a national record for Team Canada, as they captured the first medal in this event for Canada at a World Championship since 1978.

Posting a time of 3:31.78, Canada’s bronze medal team included Kayla Sanchez, Taylor Ruck, Penny Oleksiak and Margaret MacNeil. However, Team Canada’s roster for the freestyle 4x100m team heading to Tokyo 2020 will be confirmed at the Canadian National trials in April.

Australia won gold with 3:30.21, followed by Team USA with silver and a time of 3:31.02.


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Competition at the FINA World Championships continues through to July 28.

Margaret MacNeil will be in action again on Monday during the women’s 100m butterfly final. Taylor Ruck and Kylie Masse are set to compete in the women’s 100m backstroke preliminaries. In addition, Sydney Pickrem will compete in the women’s 200m individual medley final after finishing with a second place ranking in the semifinal on Sunday.

To catch all the action, you can find a downloadable schedule of CBC’s livestream here.