Team South Africa’s swim sensations, Tatjana Schoenmaker and Kaylene Corbett, proudly represented the country with outstanding performances on Day 5 of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Schoenmaker, who has been in brilliant form, struck an Olympic record, winning her 200m breaststroke heat in a time of 2:19.15, only 0.05sec off the world record.
The 24-year-old earned a silver medal on Tuesday, 27 July 2021, in the 100m breaststroke event and will be aiming to add another accolade to her tally.
Her training partner, Corbett, won her heat in 2:22.48 to qualify fourth fastest to reach the semi-final round.
— Team South Africa (@TeamSA2020) July 28, 2021
Erin Gallagher featured in the 100m freestyle heats, finishing second in 54.75sec. This was slightly slower than her entry time. The fastest 16 overall qualifiers from the heats progressed to the semi-finals. Gallagher placed 25th overall and did not reach the semi-final round.
In the individual time trial cycling event, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio finished eighth after concluding the 22.1km route in 32min 37.60sec.
“I’m content and proud. I gave it my best shot and executed the best time time I’ve ever executed. I left everything out there. The course favoured the bigger girls, but it is what it is. Thank you so much for the support,” Pasio told Team SA media.
🇿🇦@ashleighcycling secured 8th place in the Women’s Individual Time Trial in Tokyo earlier today after a gutsy Road Race on Sunday.
A great Olympics campaign for the Queen of 🇿🇦 SA Cycling 🙌 pic.twitter.com/DpkYtcBUZo
Having suffered defeats to Ireland (2-0) and Great Britain (4-1), the South African Women’s Hockey team were hoping for a comeback against the Dutch. Although Netherlands had six penalty corners in the first quarter, they couldn’t not find the back of the net. In the 16th minute, they managed to find the break through to put SA under pressure.
The South Africans went on to concede further goals in the 35th and 42nd minutes. It was one-way traffic and further goals in the 52nd and 55th minutes added the gloss. The Netherlands had 28 shots at goal to South Africa’s one, with the match ending 5-0.
Photo 1 Caption: South African swimmer, Tatjana Schoenmaker, in awe as she swam to an Olympic Record in the 200m breaststroke heats to reach the semi-final round at the Olympic Games in Tokyo on Wednesday, 28 July 2021. Photo: Team South Africa (Instagram)