Tatjana Schoenmaker cruised ahead of the pack in the 200m breaststroke to an impressive new African Record and Olympic Qualification time of 2:20.17 on the third night of swimming action at the SA National Aquatic Championships taking place in Gqeberha.
During the third day of the South African Nationals, Tatjana Schoenmaker set a new continental record in the women’s 200 breaststroke with a 2:20.17. The time is the fastest in the world since 2017. Now she is the 7th fastest performer of all time.
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The 23-year-old earned her second gold in emphatic time as she bettered her 2019 of 2.21.79 in her speciality event.
Schoenmaker finished over six seconds ahead of Kaylene Corbett in 2:26.59 and Emily Visagie in 2:30.45.
Her new time is now the fastest in the world since 2017 and has placed her in seventh position as the fastest performer of all time on the global stage.
Wow !!! Amazing swim @TRSchoenmaker . I suspect that ranks you first in the World now 💪🙏🏻🥂. Excellent
— Penny Heyns (@pennyheyns) April 9, 2021
In the remaining multi-disability races, 16-year-old Minke Janse van Rensburg (S14) posted a new World Junior Record in the 50m freestyle heats session in 34.85, beating her previous mark of 34.96 and then went on to improve on that time in the evening finals, winning the silver in 34.56.
There was no stopping Kat Swanepoel (S2) as she broke yet another SA Record in the heats of the 50m freestyle, clocking 50.92 to Jenny Symons’ 1994 time of 1:45.27, and shed 0.24secs to win the gold medal in the finals in 50.68.
Paralympian Alani Ferreira (S13) won the gold medal in the 100m butterfly and added another SA Record to her tally in 1:20.08, to her 2019 time of 1:21.01.
In the 200m freestyle, Aimee Canny bagged the gold medal in 2:00.19 ahead of Rebecca Meder in 2:00.29 and Duné Coetzee in 2:00.69.
Samantha Randle claimed the 200m backstroke title in 2:17.49, followed by Hannah Pearse in 2:17.88 and Bernelee Doster in 2:19.00.
The day 04 heats will start at 09:30, while the finals will begin at 18h00 daily.
Photo 1 Caption: Tatjana Schoenmaker cruised ahead of the pack in the 200m breaststroke to an impressive new African Record and Olympic Qualification time of 2:20.17 on the third night of swimming action at the SA National Aquatic Championships taking place in Gqeberha. Photo: Supplied
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