Tokyo Olympics

Tatjana Schoenmaker powers into 100m breaststroke final in Tokyo

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
South African swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker
South African swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker
Roger Sedres/Gallo Images

Star South African swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker advanced to the women's 100m breaststroke final after finishing first in Monday's semi-final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo.

Swimming in lane four, Schoenmaker touched the wall first to win the second semi-final in a time of 1:05.07, edging American Lily King, who finished second in 1:05.40.

"This race was me just trying to see if I can stay with her (King). That was the whole plan, I just wanted to get a lane in the final so now we can get ready and be ready for the finals," said Schoenmaker after her race.

Schoenmaker qualified with the fastest time for the finals and is a major medal prospect for Team SA on Tuesday (04:17 SA time).

On Sunday, Schoenmaker made headlines by setting an Olympic record in the 100m breaststroke heats with a time of 1:04.82.

Looking back on her heroics from Sunday, Schoenmaker said: "It's still unreal, I still can't believe it. I didn't even know my cap was falling off, I wasn't even focussed on that. Today I felt my cap, it's busy falling off now..."

Schoenmaker, who is competing in her first Olympic Games, will also be competing in the women's 200m breaststroke later this week.

READ | Blitzboks get their Tokyo campaign off to a winning start with Irish triumph

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
After the opening weekend of URC action, what did you make of the South African struggles?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
It exposed the quality of South African rugby...
40% - 448 votes
There were positives to take
8% - 84 votes
We shouldn't read too much into one weekend
17% - 186 votes
It will take the SA sides time to adjust to the new competition
35% - 393 votes
Vote