Paris 2024 Olympic Places On The Line at the SA Swimming Championships in Gqeberha

Breaststroke queen Tatjana Schoenmaker joins the country’s best swimmers in Gqeberha next week to contest the SA National Swimming Championships, serving this year as Olympic trials, at the Newton Park Swimming Pool from Monday, 8 April, continuing until Saturday, 13 April, 2024. File Photo: SA Sports Images/Anton Geyser

The country’s top swimmers head to Gqeberha next week for the SA National Swimming Championships, which this year take on extra importance as they serve as Olympic trials, at the Newton Park Swimming Pool from Monday, 8 April, continuing until Saturday, 13 April, 2024.

Looking to boost her confidence ahead of Paris is breaststroke queen Tatjana Schoenmaker, who chose to skip the World Championships in February but will be looking to defend her Olympic title in the 200m breaststroke in the French capital, later this year.

Fellow breaststrokers Kaylene Corbett and Lara van Niekerk will also be in the mix. Corbett finished fifth in the same race that Schoenmaker won her Olympic gold and set a world record, while Van Niekerk is gunning for a place at her first Olympic Games.

“I am looking forward to building on my performances from World Champs,” said Van Niekerk. “There are lessons me and my coach took from my races and now we want to implement them at Nationals and see how fast I can go.

“But as always, I am just focusing on giving my best and then I will think about Paris,” added the two-time Commonwealth Games champion.


Original Copy: Swimming South Africa, with editing by gsport

Photo Caption: Breaststroke queen Tatjana Schoenmaker joins the country’s best swimmers in Gqeberha next week to contest the SA National Swimming Championships, serving this year as Olympic trials, at the Newton Park Swimming Pool from Monday, 8 April, continuing until Saturday, 13 April, 2024. File Photo: SA Sports Images/Anton Geyser

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