PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Brown Class of 2016 graduate Janet Leung is one of the greatest softball players in Bears history, starting all 151 games in her career, finishing third in all-time at bats (493), fifth in doubles (35) and earning All-Ivy honors in each of her four seasons on College Hill.
Now, Leung is an Olympic medalist as well.
The Ontario native and all-time Brown standout captured bronze when Team Canada topped Team Mexico on Tuesday, July 27, in the women’s softball Bronze Medal Game at Yokohama Baseball Stadium in Japan.
Not only that, Leung scored the winning run, beating out an infield grounder for a single and, a few batters later, scoring from third on a sacrifice fly from teammate Kelsey Harshman.
“I couldn't be happier for Janet!” Brown softball head coach Kate Refsnyder said after Leung’s success in Tokyo. “I've literally had chills watching her compete on the Olympic stage. I've been in touch with many of her former Brown teammates and everyone agrees there is nobody more deserving... I've witnessed incredible growth since her sophomore year when I first arrived at Brown, and it’s all due to her relentless hard work and her drive to make this dream come true. It’s been surreal to watch her make history.”
Leung wrote in an Instagram post that although the COVID-19 pandemic was making for a different Summer Olympics experience than athletes might have hoped for, her weeks in the team’s host city, Anjo, were nothing short of amazing.
“The people here are what make this place so special — the mayor welcoming us in, our hosts taking the best care of us, all the restaurants making us food, the schoolkids giving us the cutest support messages and the fans who come out to support us,” she wrote on July 14, before the team’s journey to the Olympic Village. “Although we haven’t been able to interact with the people of this city like we would want to, I hope they feel the love and gratitude we have for their support and for sharing their beautiful city with us.”