Swimmer Margaret Mac Neil has won Canada’s first gold medal of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
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.
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 4×100 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.
She’d posted the sixth-fastest semifinal time in the 100-metre butterfly an hour before swimming the second leg of the relay in Tokyo.
The Canadian Press