Schoenmaker Makes History at World Championships

South African swimming sensation, Tatjana Schoenmaker bagged the second medal for the country at the World Swimming Championships, after clocking 2:22.52, in the final of the 200m breaststroke in Gwangju, South Korea. While, Schoenmaker’s Tuks teammate, Kaylene Corbett, came in at eighth-place.

The two young South African’s qualified for the final of the 200m breaststroke, however, after a tightly contested two laps, it was only Schoenmaker who walked away with a silver medal for her efforts in the race on Friday, 26 July, 2019, making her the first woman from Mzansi to earn a medal at a world championship.

Schoenmaker Fought Her Way through in the Final Stretch

On Thursday morning, 25 July, 2019, Schoenmaker clocked 1:24.66, for the second-best time, while Corbett was seeded third, with a time of 2:24.83, in the breaststroke heats at the world swimming championships, to both qualify for the final.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist has continued to make strides on the world stage and will be looking to ensure that her impressive form will see her through the Olympic games next year in Tokyo.

Corbett’s qualifying time in the heat, ensured that her efforts did not go unnoticed, as she obtained her Olympic-A qualifying time, despite her last-place finish in the final.


Final Results of the 200m Breaststroke Final, in Gwangju, South Korea on 26 July, 2019:
1. Yuliy Efimova (Russian Federation) 2:20.17
2. Tatjana Schoenmaker (South Africa) 2:22.52
3. Sydney Pickrem (Canada) 2:22.90
4. Shiwen Ye (People’s Republic of China) 2:23.15
5. Molly Renshaw (Great Britain) 2:23.78
6. Kelsey Wog (Canada) 2:25.14
7. Fanny Lecluyse (Belgium) 2:25.23
8. Kaylene Corbett  (South Africa) 2:26.62


Photo 1 Caption: South African World Swimming Championship 200m breaststroke silver medallist, Tatjana Schoenmaker, pictured flying the South African flag high on the world stage, after winning the second medal for the country at the championships in Gwanju, South Korea. Photo: Bronwyn Roets

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