Mac Neil Captures Canada's First Gold Medal at Tokyo Olympics

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Swimmer Margaret Mac Neil has won Canada's first gold medal of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Mac Neil swam a strong second length to finish first in the women's 100-metre butterfly in a time of 55.59 seconds.

Zhang Yufei of China was second and Emma McKeon of Australia finished third.

Mac Neil became Canada's first multi-medallist in Tokyo following a silver medal in the women's 4x100 freestyle relay in the first day of finals.

The 21-year-old from London, Ont., was a surprise winner of the 100-metre butterfly at the 2019 world championship in Gwangju, South Korea, where she bested reigning Olympic champion Sarah Sjoestroem of Sweden.

Mac Neil, a senior at the University of Michigan, is also a two-time NCAA champion in freestyle and butterfly.