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SA sports community celebrates Schoenmaker's landmark silver medal: 'Keep flying the SA flag'

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South African swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker
South African swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker
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  • Tatjana Schoenmaker's silver medal in the women's 100m breaststroke was warmly applauded in South Africa.
  • Schoenmaker finished second behind American teenager Lydia Jacoby in a time of 1.05.22.
  • Schoenmaker's medal was the first one earned by a South African woman in the pool since Penny Heyns' bronze medal 21 years ago.

Tatjana Schoenmaker's silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been met with rapturous applause back in South Africa.

Schoenmaker came second in the 100m breaststroke early on Thursday in a time of 1.05.22, with American swimmer Lydia Jacoby winning in a time of 1.04.95.

The favourite to win the race and defending Olympic champion Lilly King had to settle for third place in a time of 1.05.54.

Schoenmaker's medal was the first one by a woman swimmer since Penny Heyns' bronze in the same event in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Sports, Arts and Culture minister Nathi Mthethwa weighed in with a hearty congratulations.

"Congratulations Tatjana Schoenmaker on your momentous achievement in becoming the first female South African swimmer to win an Olympic medal in over 20 years and for elevating women in sport globally. We are exceptionally proud of you. Keep flying the South African flag high!," Mthethwa tweeted.

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