MacLennan’s trampoline victory four years ago in London gave Canada its only gold at those Games.
The King City, Ont., native was Canada’s flag-bearer at last week’s opening ceremony in Rio, and her gold is the second by a Canadian at these Olympics. Swimmer Penny Oleksiak won Canada’s first gold on Thursday night.
MacLennan’s 56.545 score bested all others among the eight competitors who made the final after two rounds of qualifiers.
Britain’s Bryony Page, who was the second athlete to compete in the final, was the leader for much of the round with a score of 56.040. MacLennan, who went third last, bumped Page into the silver-medal spot.
“I had a bit of a shaky preliminary round so I came into the final … trying to stay high,” she told CBC after her performance.
“When I was done I looked over at [my coach] … he had a smile on his face and that’s the first indication that I did all right.”
Not bad for someone who nearly had her Rio plan derailed after a pair of head injuries last year.
MacLennan battled headaches, vision issues and occasionally mixed up her words. She took some time off and was eventually cleared to return, but her confidence needed to be restored. […]
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