South African Duo Wins First Silver Medals in Tokyo Olympics

South Africa celebrates the two first silver medals won in swimming and Surfing codes at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Read further for more.

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The country celebrates the two sporting sensations Tatjana Schoenmaker and Bianca Buitendag for raising the South African flag in Tokyo Olympics. The duo won the country it's first two silver medals at the 021 Tokyo Olympics.

Schoenmaker won her silver medal in women’s 100m breaststroke coming second to the American gold medalist Lydia Jakoby. Another silver was collected by the surfing sensation, Buitendag falling short to another American, Carissa Moore.

The Minister of Arts, Sports and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa congratulated the two athletes for lifting the South Africa flag high at Tokyo Olympics.

Congratulations to our first two silver medalists, who have done an exceptional job at elevating women’s sport on the globe.

The silver medal won by Schoenmaker is the first by women in swimming since Penny Heyns bronze medal 21 years ago.  

Schoenmaker got off to a first start, after she was the first swimmer to turn half-way in lane four. However, the American swimmer, Lydia Jacoby, played the catchup game well as she clinched the gold.

She came behind winning silver medal  in the 100m breaststroke on Tuesday in a time of 1.05.22, with American swimmer Lydia Jacoby taking gold in a time of 1.04.95.

Buitendag is reported to be the only Olympian currently not playing part in the Surfing World tour. She picked up the silver medal, second for the day after she was beaten 14.93 to 8.46 by the USA’s Carissa Moore.

The favourite athlete expected to win the race, Lily King, came 3rd winning the bronze medal.

Schoenmaker said, she hopes her win will become a motivation for the country to remain positive through out the difficult times.

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