University of Michigan swimmer and Chinese Canadian Maggie MacNeil won gold in the 100 meter butterfly Sunday.
MacNeil is the first Canadian to win gold in the event, beating China’s Zhang Yufei by just 0.05 seconds, reports MLive.
Adopted by Canadian parents after being abandoned by her birth parents in China, she grew up in London, Ontario, reported the South China Morning Post.
“I heard my name getting called so I thought I must have done something good, but it wasn’t until I turned around and saw the results that I realized I won,” said the surprised MacNeil.
It’s MacNeil’s second medal at the Tokyo Olympics who won silver in the 4 x 100 freestyle relay along with her teammates on Team Canada.
American Torri Huske came in fourth in the butterfly. She led for much of the event and had been on a world record pace, according to NBC Connecticut. She faded at the end and missed getting a bronze by just one-hundredths of a second.
You wouldn’t know that by the support she received back at home.
Huske’s mother, Ying Huske, is from China.
AsAmNews has Asian America in its heart. We’re an all-volunteer effort of dedicated staff and interns. Check out our new Instagram account. Go to our Twitter feed and Facebook page for more content. Please consider interning, joining our staff, or submitting a story or making a contribution.