A 15-year old Canadian girl came up with exemplary performance during the ongoing national Olympic swimming trials at Toronto. As prodigal as the girl may prove, Penny Oleksiak has performed a remarkable feat and earned Olympic qualifications in three events in two days. On Tuesday, Penny finished the100-metre butterfly swimming in the fifth fastest time in the world this year and earned a spot for Rio. Next day, Penny did even better and clinched two more Olympic berths by finishing second to Canadian national champion Britanny Maclean in 200m freestyle. Britanny erased a 2009 national mark in the event with a time of 1:56.94 and by virtue of their wins, Britanny and Penny were also named in the Canadian team for 4×200 freestyle. For Penny, even more remarkable than earning three Olympic berths is the fact that she took to training in the aquatic sports just 5 years ago. On Tuesday, Penny’s time of 56.99 for 100m butterfly was the new Canadian record. The trials haven’t ended yet and Penny has chances to qualify in more events. Team Canada head coach Ben Titley is highly impressed by the physical attributes of the young and slim Penny, who stands 6’1” tall. Titley said he was surprised that Penny had not taken any swimming training until the age of 10 and added that from not swimming at all to becoming Canada’s fastest ever in five years was a huge jump.
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R K GuptaMr. RK Gupta has been a prolific Kridangan writer on major international sport-events for last two years. Basically a Mechanical Engineer and Administrative Management Post Graduate, Mr. Gupta took to blog-writing as a hobby after his retirement in 2011. He graduated to full-time sports-writing after joining Kridangan.com in 2013. Most of Mr. Gupta’s posts are topical and analytical in nature; completely distinct from usual media reports. His narration on popular sports-events lends uniqueness to the reporting and makes it enjoyable for global sports readership.
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