Tatjana Schoenmaker: Mom explains how record-breaker stays mentally tough

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Tatjana Schoenmaker and Kaylene Corbett of South Africa celebrate Schoenmaker winning the 200m breaststroke final.
Tatjana Schoenmaker and Kaylene Corbett of South Africa celebrate Schoenmaker winning the 200m breaststroke final.
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As a number of athletes reduced their involvement in the Tokyo Olympics due to mental health concerns, careful attention was paid to control the pressure placed on South African swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker. 

Last Friday, Schoenmaker, 24, became the first South African to win gold at this year's Olympics - breaking the 200m breaststroke world record with a time of 2:18.95. 

Speaking to News24, her mother, Renske Schoenmaker, said people often forgot the "enormous pressure" faced by these athletes.

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