South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker is a force to be reckoned with after smashing yet another Olympic record on Wednesday as she dominated the 200m breaststroke heat in 2:19.16.
— Team South Africa (@TeamSA2020) July 28, 2021
Schoenmaker made a splash as she qualified fastest for the semi-finals, which takes place at 04:54 (SA time) on Thursday.
According to TimesLive, she obliterated American Rebecca Soni’s 2:19.59 Games mark from 2019 and missed out on the world record by only 0.05 seconds.
This comes after setting a new Olympic record on Sunday as a result of winning her heat in 1:04.82 in the women’s 100m breaststroke. She responded to this moment by saying, “If I win a medal then I’d be very happy, but if I don’t then I’ll still be happy with the fact I got to experience the Olympic Games and gave it my best,” as per Team SA.
She then went on to bring home the silver medal in the women’s 100m breaststroke on Tuesday.
Schoenmaker’s certainly proven to have gone above and beyond, and as the country standing behind her, we’re bursting with pride! Go Team SA!
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