Schoenmaker Wins Gold in World Record Breaking Fashion At Olympics

After winning a silver medal in the 100m swimming breaststroke two days ago, Tatjana Schoenmaker continues to make South Africa proud in the pool as she wins gold. Read further for more.


The swimming sensation Star, Tatjana Schoenmaker has won the first gold medal for South Africa in the 200m Breaststroke final Thursday night. Schoenmaker sets a new world record as she took gold in Tokyo touching home in 2:18.95.

Lily King of the United States led to the front until the 150m turn when Schoenmaker went and passed her as she delivered a powerful final distance to crash the world record.

The American swimmer, King, congratulated Schoenmaker’s world record breaking performance, saying that it was phenomenal.

The two rival Americans, Lily King took the silver behind Schoenmaker and Annie Lazor winning the bronze respectively.

Not since Penny Heyns, has a South African woman took to the podium on two occasions at single swimming competition events – or even once for that matter in the pool.

Going into these competitive world sporting events, Schoenmaker has always played herself down as a medal favourite. Her tactic has kept her rival’s headsup in hope until she delivers spectacular performance.

She shared how grateful she felt about her performance and that she's still in disbelief that she won gold while breaking the world record at the same time:

Then in the last few strokes my eyes were closed and then I realised I actually touched first so I didn’t turn around yet. When I actually did turn around to see the time, I saw Lilly had swum a 2:19 and thought that’s such a good time, but then realised it wasn’t my time.

Schoenmaker’s coach, Rocco Meiring, said breaking the world record was part of their plan as they saw the times in the training. He however said they never spoke about challenging the world record as they were still under dogs in the game.

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