From cheeky pre-schooler to swim sensation: Meet Lara van Niekerk, the 'Schoenmaker slayer'

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Lara van Niekerk. (Supplied/Swimming South Africa)
Lara van Niekerk. (Supplied/Swimming South Africa)

Call it teenage lingo or merely excitable phrasing after a massive achievement, one quote perfectly summed up the easy-going nature of Lara van Niekerk.

When the 18-year-old confirmed her status as another rising star of South African swimming by beating Olympic champion Tatjana Schoenmaker to the 100m breaststroke national title in Gqeberha this past weekend, she stated that she was "super-happy".

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