Schoenmaker takes Olympics gold for South Africa with world record

TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 30: Tatjana Schoenmaker of Team South Africa is seen on the podium with Lilly King(L) and Annie Lazor of United States after winning gold and breaking the world record in the Women's 200m Breaststroke Final on day seven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 30, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)VCG

Tatjana Schoenmaker won the women’s 200m breaststroke on Friday in a world record time of 2:18.95 to deliver South Africa’s first gold medal of the Tokyo Games.

U.S. swimmers Lilly King and Annie Lazor took the silver and bronze medals.

Schoenmaker, who had already claimed silver in the 100m breaststroke on Tuesday, powered to the finish 0.97 seconds ahead of King.

The 24-year-old’s victory marked the second African gold medal in the pool following Tunisian Ahmed Hafnaoui’s success in the men’s 400m freestyle on Sunday.

King led until the 150m turn when Schoenmaker went in front and then delivered a powerful final length to smash the world record and grab gold.

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