Women lead way for Canada at Tokyo 2020: medal winners at a glance 

TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 29: Penny Oleksiak of Team Canada reacts after competing in the first Semifinal of the Women's 100m Freestyle on day six of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 29, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 29: Penny Oleksiak of Team Canada reacts after competing in the first Semifinal of the Women's 100m Freestyle on day six of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 29, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Canadian women have won the nation's first 12 medals at the Olympic Games, led by freestyle swimming star Penny Oleksiak.

Women are leading the way for Team Canada winning the nation's first 12 medals at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

This continues a trend seen at Rio 2016 where women won 16 of the team's 22 medals.

The women's eight rowing crew started Friday (30 July) on a high, claiming Canada's first gold in the event in 29 years.

Minutes later in the pool, Penny Oleksiak had the chance to become her country's most decorated Olympian - summer or winter - but could only finish fourth in the defence of her 100m freestyle title from Rio 2016 despite setting a national record in the final.

She is already Canada's most decorated Summer Olympian with six medals, tied with speed skater Cindy Klaasen, and Clara Hughes who won medals in cycling and speed skating.

There was also a near miss in trampolining as two-time reigning champion Rosie MacLennan finished fourth, revealing afterwards she almost missed the Games having suffered an ankle injury just a few weeks ago.

Here are all the Canadian medal winners at a glance.

Penny Oleksiak and co. win Canada's first medal

It all started with Oleksiak, Maggie MacNeil, Rebecca Smith and Kayla Sanchez completing the 4x100m freestyle relay in 3:32.78 with Australia clinching gold in a world-record time.

"To win silver is crazy. All we wanted is a medal," said Oleksiak whose powerful anchor leg catapulted Canada into second spot.

Jennifer Abel/Melissa Citrini Beaulieu take diving silver

Jennifer Abel and Melissa Citrini Beaulieu took silver in the women synchronised 3m springboard. They were only in sixth position after the first two dives before regrouping and making the podium with their final dive.

Here is their reaction.

MacNeil strikes gold

MacNeil provided Canada's first golden moment at these Games when she took the 100m butterfly.

The 2019 world champion was only seventh at the halfway mark but powered through the closing stages to claim gold.

Here is how it went down.

World champion Jessica Klimkait has to settle for bronze

The reigning world champion wanted gold, but left Tokyo with a bronze after defeating Slovenia's Kaja Kajzer in the judo women's -57kg.

This was Canada's fourth medal at Tokyo 2020 with the 24-year-old becoming her country's first ever women's judo medallist.

This is how she had sealed her spot for Tokyo.

Second Olympic medal for Kylie Masse

Masse gave Team Canada another reason to be proud when she raced to silver in the 100m backstroke, improving on her bronze from Rio 2016.

The 25-year-old set a new Olympic record in the semi-finals, which lasted a matter of minutes.

She went even quicker in the final with 57.72, but took silver behind Australia's rising star Kaylee McKeown.

Historic softball bronze for Team Canada

Canada claimed their first ever softball medal thanks to a nail-biting 3-2 win over Mexico in the bronze medal match.

Their previous best was fourth at Beijing 2008.

Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard claims second judo medal

No doubt inspired by Jessica Klimkait, Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard doubled Canada's tally of female judo medallists with bronze in the -63kg class.

The 27-year-old from Montreal was beaten by eventual gold medallist Clarisse Agbegnenou in the semi-finals, but beat Venezuela's Anriquelis Barros in golden score to take bronze.

Maude Charron clinches Canada's second gold

How about this for an Olympic debut? Maude Charron dominated the women's -64kg class to take Canada's second ever weightlifting gold.

Charron, 28, lifted 105kg in the snatch, and 131kg in the clean and jerk to claim her nation's second gold in Tokyo.

You can re-live it here.

Canada's only previous Olympic gold in weightlifting came at London 2012 when Christine Girard won the -63kg division.

Oleksiak makes history

Penny Oleksiak became the most decorated Summer Olympian in history with her bronze in the 200m freestyle.

The 21-year-old from Ontario was third behind Australian star Ariarne Titmus and Hong Kong, China's Siobhan Haughey to claim her sixth Olympic medal.

Bronze for Filmer and Janssens in women's pair

Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens won Canada's first rowing medal of Tokyo 2020 with bronze in the women's pair.

After going out hard to lead at 1000m, the duo faded in the second half but held on for third behind gold medallists New Zealand and the surging ROC pair.

Women's eight reclaim gold

Canada's women have a strong history in the eight, winning four medals including gold at Barcelona 1992.

Now they have a fifth and it's gold again following a hat-trick of triumphs for neighbours the United States.

The crew led from the start and held off New Zealand for the victory with China taking bronze.

Here's the report of a stunning success

That made it 11 medals for Canada at Tokyo 2020, all won by women.

Kylie Masse does it again

Kyle Masse collected her second medal of these Games when she took silver in the 200m backstroke. It is Canada's fifth medal in swimming - all won by women.