A Victoria resident is tasting medal after winning bronze for Canada at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
27-year-old Victoria resident Caileigh Filmer, and her rowing partner from Cloverdale, BC, Hillary Janssens, placed third in the six-boat final behind New Zealand and the Russian Olympic Committee on Wednesday, July 28th.
Filmer collapsed into Janssens lap on the boat after an exhausting race against world-record rowers Grace Prendergast and Jackie Gowler of New Zealand, who took Gold.
After the race, the two had an emotional interview with the CBC, where they were barely able to hold in their tears as they answered questions about their win.
Canadian rowers Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens have won bronze in the women's pair event
Here they are talking moments after receiving their medals pic.twitter.com/fJtthH6GwS
— CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) July 29, 2021
Janssens, standing at 6-foot-2 towers over Mount Douglas Secondary school graduate Filmer.
The pair won bronze with a time of 6:52.10 over the course of the event.
While this is their first Olympic medal, the pair are no strangers to winning.
They won their first World Cup event in 2018, and went on to score the gold medals at the worlds in Bulgaria later that year.
In 2019, they settled for bronze medals at the worlds, which was the last time they competed before the Tokyo Olympics.
It’s been a long fought battle for the two and Canada couldn’t be more proud of them.