Swimming sensation Tatjana Schoenmaker did not only set a new Olympic world record but won South Africa’s first gold medal as she dominated the women’s 200m breaststroke final on Friday, July 30.
The 24-year-old, Schoenmaker rewrote history as she became the first SA swimmer to bag gold since Penny Heyns at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, News 24 reported.
🥇 CONGRATULATIONS Tatjana Schoenmaker!!!! NEW WORLD RECORD in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke Final!!!
🔥🔥🔥#TokyoOlympics #TatjanaSchoenmakerKonnichiwa #Tokyo2020
#TeamSA #Swimming pic.twitter.com/aOVOxOAGg6
— SportsGuy Neo Thokoa (@sportsGuyNeo) July 30, 2021
According to Team SA, the previous world record of 2:19.11 had been set by Denmark’s Ricke Moller Pedersen in Barcelona almost eight years ago to the day, however, Schoenmaker carved 0.16 sec off that time.
— Team South Africa (@TeamSA2020) July 30, 2021
Schoenmaker’s win takes SA’s medal tally to three after she won silver in the women’s 100m breaststroke. South African surfer Bianca Buitendag also won a silver medal on Tuesday, July 27.
Twitter’s reactions to Schoenmaker’s victory:
— Talha #FreePalestine 🇵🇸 (@talha_27c) July 30, 2021
Lucky the neighbors could not hear me yelling at the telly🤣that was just spectacular… Congratulations!!!!
— Val van der Vyver (@arriemorrie) July 30, 2021
IT DOESN’T FEEL LIKE WINTER! MY WORD THAT WAS AMAZING! HISTORY MADE AND WRITTEN BEFORE MY VERY EYES!
YOU LADIES WERE AMAZING! FIRST GOLD AND WHAT A WAY TO DO IT! SO SO PROUD!
— Unicorn Gundam Pilot (@d4shil) July 30, 2021
WORLD RECORD!!!! Tatjana Schoenmaker wins the Olympic 200m breaststroke gold medal in a WR 2:18.95.
— Tshepo Omokri (@OmokriTshepo) July 30, 2021
— Gabonewe Setshedi (@Gabojust) July 30, 2021
Meanwhile, it was a disappointing day for South Africa’s Chad le Clos on Thursday, July 29, after finishing sixth in the men’s 100m butterfly heats.
Men’s 100m butterfly, heats:
Chad le Clos finished 6th in his heat in 51.89sec. That placed him 18th overall and he missed out on a place in Friday’s semi-finals. Matthew Sates was placed 32nd overall in 52.34. The top 16 qualified for the semi-finals#TeamSA #Tokyo2020
— Team South Africa (@TeamSA2020) July 29, 2021