Canada earns Olympic berth in new relay swim event
London's Margaret MacNeil reacts after winning the women's 100m butterfly final at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, Monday, July 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
GWANGJU, Korea, Republic Of -- Canada qualified for the new 4x100 metre mixed medley relay swimming event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by finishing fifth on Wednesday at the world aquatics championships.
Kylie Masse of Windsor, Ont., Maggie MacNeil of London, Ont., Richard Funk of Edmonton and Yuri Kisil of Edmonton finished in three minutes 43.06 seconds, more than two seconds back of Great Britain (3:40.68) for bronze.
Australia took gold and the United States captured silver.
"We're really excited. I know we ended up getting bronze a couple years ago and tonight we weren't quite on that, but I'm so proud of us and I think we're really good for where we are right now, and we have a spot next year which is all that really matters," MacNeil said.
MacNeil fell short of winning her third medal of the meet after taking gold in the women's 100 metre butterfly and bronze in the women's 4x100 metre freestyle relay.
Masse gave Canada its fourth medal of the competition by winning gold in the women's 100 metre backstroke for the second worlds in a row on Tuesday.
Also Wednesday, Toronto's Penny Oleksiak finished sixth in the women's 200 metre freestyle.