Schoenmaker storms to second gold in the pool

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Tatjana Schoenmaker (Getty Images)
Tatjana Schoenmaker (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Team South Africa's newest swimming star, Tatjana Schoenmaker, was back to her winning ways in the women's 100m breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast on Monday.

Schoenmaker, 20, added the two-lap gold medal to her victory on Saturday in the 200m breaststroke.

Schoenmaker, who was the first able-bodied female swimmer to win Commonwealth Games gold since South Africa’s readmission to international sport, stopped the clock in a new African record of 1:06.41.

Schoenmaker's time was 0.06 quicker than Penny Heyns' 19-year-old previous record time of 1:06.47.

Heyns was quick to congratulate Schoenmaker on breaking her mark.

Over the weekend Schoenmaker won the 200m in a time of 2.22.02, toppling the previous African record, which was set by Suzaan van Biljon at the London Olympics in 2012.

Remarkably, Schoenmaker became the first able-bodied female swimmer to win Commonwealth Games gold since South Africa’s readmission to international sport.

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