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Meet the coaching mind behind Tatjana Schoenmaker's meteoric rise

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Rocco Meiring and Tatjana Schoenmaker
Rocco Meiring and Tatjana Schoenmaker
Odd ANDERSEN / AFP

As Tatjana Schoenmaker powered to a world record on the world's biggest stage, her devoted coach, Rocco Meiring, was sitting poolside.

Meiring, who admits to usually keeping his emotions in check, jumped up in jubilation when he saw his student of 10-odd years clinch a gold medal and world record in the 200m breaststroke at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday.

After years of dedication and hardship, Schoenmaker and Meiring were finally rewarded - and it culminated in South Africa's first Olympic gold medal in Japan.

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