WATCH | 'It hasn't sunk in yet' - SA's golden girl Tatjana Schoenmaker back on home soil

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  • SA's Olympic champion Tatjana Schoenmaker is back in South Africa.
  • A small crowd of supporters gathered at OR Tambo International Airport to welcome her.
  • Schoenmaker took silver in the 100m breaststroke and gold in the 200m breaststroke.


Olympic champion and world record holder Tatjana Schoenmaker received a warm welcome when she landed at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Monday afternoon. 

The swimming sensation clinched two medals at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

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Schoenmaker, who was welcomed by a small crowd of supporters, including her parents Rene and Renske, told journalists that the reality of her achievements hadn't quite sunk in yet.

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Tatjana Schoenmaker is embraced by her father Rene on her arrival at OR Tambo International Airport. (Photo by Gallo Images/Beeld/Deaan Vivier)

"Thank you for everyone that's here today. It really makes the moment extra special," she said during a media briefing.

"I feel like it hasn't sunk in yet, but maybe it has today, a little."

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She thanked everyone for their support, and added that she hoped her achievements had brought some hope to the country, following recent unrest. 

The swimmer claimed South Africa's first Olympic medal in Tokyo when she took silver in the 100m breaststroke final.

Then, she broke the world record and won gold in the 200m breaststroke final. Schoenmaker also became the first South African woman swimmer to win an Olympic gold medal since Penny Heyns at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

Her coach, Rocco Meiring, who described her as "shy" and "reserved" said: "If there is anyone I need to choose to go to war with, I'd choose her."

"Because she can deliver," he said.

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