Canada’s Van Landeghem, Bouchard retire from competitive swimming

Canada's Penny Oleksiak, right, and teammate Chantal Van Landeghem. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

OTTAWA – Chantal Van Landeghem has retired from competitive swimming after helping Canada win a relay bronze in the Rio Olympics and Pan American gold in Toronto.

Her Canadian teammate Dominique Bouchard also announced her retirement Tuesday after winning a Pan Am silver in backstroke.

Both women were members of the squad named The Canadian Press team of the year in 2016.

Van Landeghem swam the second leg of the 4×100 freestyle relay for Canada in Rio where she, Sandrine Mainville, Taylor Ruck and Penny Oleksiak captured the country’s first medal of those Summer Games.

It was the first relay medal for Canadian women in 40 years.

The 23-year-old from Winnipeg won 100-metre freestyle gold in Canadian record time at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, and also swam the anchor of the relay team that claimed gold.

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