Looking at the timing at the end of the swim, Tatjana Schoenmaker was full of surprise. She never thought that she could make a world record! The South African swimmer could not contain his emotions. Tears welled up in his eyes.
At the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Rick Mol Pedersen of Denmark set a world record by finishing the women’s 200m breaststroke in 2 minutes 19.11 seconds. Schoenmaker broke that record at the Tokyo Olympics 8 years later. She finished the swim in 2 minutes 16.95 seconds and won the gold medal. This is South Africa’s first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
South Africa’s First Gold Medal Comes through Tatjana Schoenmaker hand
Lily King of the United States, who is known as an ‘expert’ in women’s breaststroke and holds the world record in the 100 meters of this event, also did not compete with Schoenmaker. Lily finished the swim in 2 minutes 19.92 seconds and won the silver. Her teammate Annie Ledger won bronze (2 minutes 20.84 seconds).
In the 100-meter breaststroke, the silver medalist Schoenmaker hinted at breaking the world record. She did it in the final. However, Lily King was ahead in the distance of 50 meters and 100 meters. But in the end she had to fall behind Schoenmaker. South Africa’s Penny Haynes won gold in the 100m and 200m breaststroke at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Schoenmaker became the first woman to win gold in swimming at the Olympics in 25 years.
This is the first world record in the individual swimming event at the Tokyo Olympics. Before setting the world record in the Schoenmaker individual event, the Australian girls set the world record in the 4x100m relay and the Chinese girls set the world record in the 4x200m relay. keep reading our blogs to get updates on the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.