Maggie Mac Neil’s year is even more special.
The swimmer from London, Ont., Was named the best female athlete of Tokyo 2020 on Sunday by the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) in Greece.
Mac Neil won Canada’s first gold at the Tokyo Games by capturing the women’s 100-meter butterfly in 55.59 seconds, lowering her own national record by almost a quarter of a second.
The 21-year-old added two more medals, winning silver with the 4x100m freestyle relay team and bronze with the 4x100m medley relay team, all in her first Olympics.
“It is a great honor to receive this award,” Mac Neil said in a press release. “There are so many amazing athletes who competed in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. With everything we’ve been through over the past year and a half, that makes it even more special.”
Team Canada Tokyo 2020 chef de mission and three-time Olympic gold medalist Marnie McBean praised Mac Neil for overcoming the challenges of training and kicking off the rest of Canada’s swimming success in Tokyo.
“When Maggie won her gold medal on day three of the Games, it blew the lid off our team’s pot,” said McBean.
Performing at this level after spending a lot of time training in their backyard pool in London, Ont., Confirmed to the rest of the team that unique and far from ideal training programs. could deliver world-class results.
Kenya’s marathon gold medalist Eliud Kipchoge won the award for best male athlete after defending his title at the Tokyo Olympics.
Other awards include Best Women’s Team, awarded to the New Zealand Rugby Sevens team, and Best Men’s Team, awarded to the Japanese baseball team that beat the United States for gold.
ANOC is an umbrella organization representing the collective interests of the 206 National Olympic Committees around the world. First presented in 2014, the ANOC Awards recognize outstanding athletic achievement from the most recent Olympic Games.
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