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Canadians go wild for 'incredible' Penny Oleksiak

When Penny Oleksiak stormed back to win Canada's first gold medal of the Rio Olympic Games, it set off quite the celebration. Here are some of the best social media posts after the big win.

Canada's first swimming gold in 24 years brings out a big celebration

Penny Oleksiak, right, set off an online firestorm with her gold-medal performance Thursday night. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

She went from seventh place at the turn to tied for first and set an Olympic record in the process.

Penny Oleksiak set off quite the online storm with her gold-medal performance in the women's 100-metre freestyle final Thursday night, her fourth medal of the Games.

Mark Tewksbury, the last Canadian to win a gold in swimming, didn't seem to mind giving up the title.

One of Canada's 2014 closing ceremony flag bearers had some praise for the early favourite this time around.

Reminder: Penny Oleksiak is 16-years-old.

Her brother is taking his demotion as the family's second most successful athlete in stride.

Her teammates, while proud, weren't necessarily surprised.

Remember those Drake tickets Oleksiak couldn't get? Well, that's not going to be an issue going forward.

Canada abolished the penny in 2013, but some have suggested bringing back the one-cent coin with a slightly different design.

And finally, here's what the star of the night had to say.


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