Canada's Taylor Ruck wins 8th medal to equal Commonwealth Games record
17-year-old moves into tie with 3 other swimmers
Canadian teenage swimmer Taylor Ruck matched the record for most medals won at a single Commonwealth Games by any athlete when she reached the podium for the eighth time in Australia on Tuesday.
The record-tying medal came in the women's 4x100 medley relay on the final day of swimming events. Ruck, 17, anchored teammates Kylie Masse, Kierra Smith and Penny Oleksiak to the silver medal, setting a Canadian record of 3:55.10 in the process.
"I'm just so honoured to be able to win that many medals," Ruck said. "This meet has been so much fun, and I'm so glad to finish it with these girls by my side."
Ruck's eighth podium finish moved her into a tie with three other swimmers: Canada's Ralph Hutton (1966) and Australians Susie O'Neill (1998) and Emily Seebohm (2010). It also broke the 52-year-old single-Games record for Canada women she had briefly shared with Elaine Tanner.
Ruck, who was born in Kelowna, B.C., and grew up in Arizona with her Canadian parents, will leave Australia's Gold Coast with a gold, five silver and a pair of bronze. The gold came in the 200-metre freestyle, where she set both a Canadian and Commonwealth Games record in the final.
Ruck already owns a pair of Olympic relay medals from 2016 and is positioning herself as the Canadian swimmer to watch leading up to the 2020 Games. At the 2017 world junior championships she won six gold medals (including one individual, in the 200 free) and added a silver in the 100 backstroke. She also helped Canada win a pair of relay gold medals at the 2016 short-course worlds.
Ruck and the relay team's silver was one of seven medals won by Canada on Day 6 of competition. The Canadian team now has 44, trailing only host Australia (130) and England (74). Canada, though, ranks sixth in gold medals with eight, behind Australia (50), England (24), India (11), New Zealand (nine) and South Africa (nine).
The Canadian team has set a goal of 100 medals.
Here's the breakdown of Canada's Day 6 medals:
- Track and field: Alex Dupont — men's T-54 1,500m
- Track and field: Pierce LePage — men's decathlon
- Swimming: women's 4x100 medley relay
- Swimming: Kylie Masse — women's 50m backstroke
- Swimming: Morgan Bird — women's S8 50m
- Track and field: Diane Roy — women's T-54 1,500m
- Swimming: Abigail Tripp — women's S8 50m