London-born swimmer Hilary Caldwell took bronze in the 200m backstroke at the 2016 Summer Olympics Friday night in Rio.
The Canadian put up a time of 2:07.54 — over a second behind the top two competitors.
American Madeline Dirado won gold in an upset over Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, who took silver.
The 25-year-old was born in London but now calls Victoria, British Columbia home.
Caldwell finished 2nd in her initial heat (2:07.40) and 1st in her semi-final (2:07.17) at the the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Barra Olympic Park.
“I looked up and saw the three lights on the blocks so I knew I was third,” said Caldwell. “I was happy, but I did want the gold medal. I think I saw the time and gave a little scowl.”
Caldwell took gold in the 200m backstroke at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.
“I can’t be too upset. I’m on the podium,” said Caldwell. “A podium is what I said I wanted coming in here and I’m pretty pleased with that.”
So far, all 10 of Canada’s medals this Olympics have been won by women. Six of those have been in swimming events.
Caldwell’s achievement came hours after Rosie MacLennan won gold in trampoline, repeating as Olympic champ in the process.
With files from Global News