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Legendary Penny Heyns hails Schoenmaker's exploits: 'She's a great ambassador for swimming'

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South African swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker
South African swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker
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There's still the small matter of her competing in her favoured event from Wednesday onwards, but Tatjana Schoenmaker's exploits at the Tokyo Olympics could already be a catalyst for a prosperous future for local women's swimming.

That prospect excites Penny Heyns, South Africa's Olympic swimming legend and previously the last local female swimmer to win a medal at the showpiece event, who, on Tuesday, lauded the 24-year-old's silver medal in the 100m breaststroke, where she finished a mere 0.27 seconds behind American teenager Lydia Jacoby and also had the notable triumph of breaking the Games record in the heats.

Schoenmaker will now turn her focus to the 200m breaststroke, which is considered her speciality.

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