South Africa’s gold medal winner, Tatjana Schoenmaker might be back on African land but her legendary performances at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be remembered forever.
Schoenmaker, who won SA’s first gold medal so far, also set a new world record time of 2:18.95 in the 200m breaststroke final on Friday, July 30.
This is for you, South Africa 🇿🇦❤️
— Team South Africa (@TeamSA2020) July 30, 2021
Schoenmaker’s performance in that nail-biting final had South Africans on the edge of their seats as she powered her way to victory, however, it was not only the race that had South Africans in tears, but what happened after the race.
In a video that was shared on Twitter by Team SA, the gold medallist was welcomed by a massive crowd of South Africans who were part of the country’s Olympics squad at the Olympic village where she was received as a national hero.
In the video, Schoenmaker is seen walking through the large crowd as everyone is dancing and cheering, a true moment of ‘Ubuntu’, which reminded South Africans of the time when the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup.
— Maphuti Hlako🇿🇦 (@maphuti_africa) July 30, 2021
Meanwhile, Schoenmaker arrived back home on Monday, August 2, and was also welcomed by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa.
Our Golden Girl @TRSchoenmaker is home 🇿🇦🙌
— Team South Africa (@TeamSA2020) August 2, 2021
Picture: Twitter/Team SA