Star swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker claimed South Africa’s first Olympic gold medal in Tokyo as she won the women’s 200m breaststroke final on Friday, setting a new world record in the process.
Swimming in lane 4, Schoenmaker timed her race to perfection, sitting behind American Lilly King for the first 100m before making her move over the last 100m.
It was a flawless display from the 24-year-old, who touched the wall in a time of 2:18.95.
The previous world record, set by Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen at the World Championships in 2013, was 2:19.11.
King took silver in 2:19.92 while American Annie Lazor rounded up the podium with the bronze medal (2:20.84).
South Africa’s Kaylene Corbett finished 5th in a time of 2:22.06.
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