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Olympic Games 2020 - Swimming: Gold and a record for South Africa's Tatjana Schoenmaker

Tatjana Schoenmaker.
Olympic Games 2020 - Swimming: Gold and a record for South Africa's Tatjana Schoenmaker

After winning silver in the 100m breaststroke, South Africa's Tatjana Schoenmaker won gold in the 200m breaststroke at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Friday 30 July. The icing on the cake: she broke the world record for the distance.

 

This is her favorite distance, and she was there to make her name sound loudest. South Africa's Tatjana Schoenmaker won gold in the 200m breaststroke on Friday 30 July. She won in 2'18''95. In the process, she broke the world record, held since 2013 by Denmark's Rikke Moller Pedersen.

Schoenmaker finished well ahead of the Americans Lilly King, second, and Annie Lazor, third. Her compatriot Kaylen Corbett finished in fifth place.

She gives South Africa its first gold medal in Tokyo, the continent's second after Tunisian swimmer Ahmed Ayoub Hafnaoui (400m freestyle).

This is the second medal for the 24-year-old swimmer in Tokyo. She won silver in the 100m breaststroke.

In total, Africa has so far won eight medals at the Olympics, including two gold, three silver and as many bronze.

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