Tatjana Schoenmaker

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Tatjana Schoenmaker
Personal information
NationalitySouth African
Born (1997-07-09) 9 July 1997 (age 24)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Height178 cm (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight63 kg (139 lb)[1]
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesBreaststroke

Tatjana Schoenmaker (born 9 July 1997) is a South African swimmer specialising in breaststroke events.[2] She won the gold medal and set the world record in the 200-metre breaststroke and also won the silver medal in the 100-metre breaststroke at the 2020 Olympic Games.[3] She is the world record holder in the long course 200-metre breaststroke.

International career[edit]

2018 Commonwealth Games[edit]

She competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, winning gold medals in women's 100 metre breaststroke and the women's 200 metre breaststroke.[4][5][6]

2020 Summer Olympics[edit]

In June 2021, Schoenmaker qualified to represent South Africa at the 2020 Summer Olympics.[7]

Schoenmaker entered the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan as the number one seed and predicted winner of the 200-metre breaststroke.[8][9] She also entered the 100-metre breaststroke as the number four seed.[9]

In the prelims of the 100-metre breaststroke, Schoenmaker ranked first out of all heats, advanced to the semifinals, and set a new Olympic record and a new African record in the event with her time of 1:04.82.[9][10][11][12][13] The Olympic record she broke was a time of 1:04.93 set at the 2016 Summer Olympics by American Lilly King.[10][12][13] In the semifinals, Schoenmaker swam the fastest time of 1:05.07 and ranked first heading into the final.[14] In the final, Schoenmaker won the silver medal, which was the first medal for a South African woman in swimming at an Olympic Games since 2000.[15][16]

In the prelims heats of the 200-metre breaststroke on day five of competition, Schoenmaker swam a 2:19.16, setting a new Olympic record, advancing to the semifinals ranked first overall, and swimming less than a tenth of a second slower than the world record of 2:19.11 set by Rikke Pedersen.[17][18] In the semifinals of the event, Schoenmaker swam a 2:19.33 and ranked first heading into the final.[19] In the final, Schoenmaker set a new world record in the 200-metre breaststroke with her time of 2:18.95 and won the gold medal.[20][21][22] Her world record was the first individual world record set in the sport of swimming at the 2020 Olympic Games.[20] Her gold medal was the first gold medal won by an athlete from South Africa at the 2020 Summer Olympics.[22][23] Her teammate, Kaylene Corbett, also reached the finals, making it the first time since Sydney 2000 that two South African women reached the finals of the same event.[24]

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tatjana Schoenmaker". Gold Coast 2018. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Tatjana Schoenmaker". Eurosport. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  3. ^ fscentralnews. "Tokyo Olympics: Schoenmaker breaks world record to win gold in women's 200m breaststroke | Free State Central News". Retrieved 3 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Tatjana Schoenmaker Smashes African Record, Wins 200 Breast Gold". Swim Swam. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Tatjana Schoenmaker: SA's new swimming sensation". Sport24. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Schoenmaker storms to second gold in the pool". Sport24. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Emma Chelius & Pieter Coetze Add Their Names to Swimming South Africa's Olympic Roster". Swimming World News. 12 April 2021. Retrieved 20 June 2021.
  8. ^ Forde, Pat (23 July 2021). "Who Will Take Home the Gold? Expert Medal Picks for Swimming at Tokyo Games". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  9. ^ a b c Isaacson, David (25 July 2021). "WRAP | Tatjana Schoenmaker breaks Olympic record in heats". TimesLIVE. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  10. ^ a b "Tatjana Schoenmaker sets new Olympic record in 100m breaststroke to ignite Team SA Olympic campaign". News24. 25 July 2021. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  11. ^ Nackstrand, Jonathan (25 July 2021). "South African swimmer breaks Olympic world record". eNCA. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  12. ^ a b Pitjeng, Refilwe (25 July 2021). "Tatjana Schoenmaker sets an Olympic Record in the 100m Breaststroke". EWN. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  13. ^ a b DeGeorge, Matthew (25 July 2021). "Olympics: Tatjana Schoenmaker Sets Olympic Record in 100 Breast". Swimming World. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  14. ^ Rieder, David (25 July 2021). "Olympics: Tatjana Schoenmaker Beats Lilly King Head-to-Head in 100 Breast Semifinals". Swimming World. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  15. ^ Isaacson, David (27 July 2021). "Women power gives Team SA two medals at the Tokyo Games". TimesLIVE. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  16. ^ "Tatjana Schoenmaker bags silver at Tokyo Olympics". FS News Online. 27 July 2021. Retrieved 11 August 2021.
  17. ^ Harris, Beth (28 July 2021). "South African swimmer flirts with world mark in Tokyo heats". Associated Press. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  18. ^ Lohn, John (28 July 2021). "Olympics: South African Tatjana Schoenmaker Just Misses World Record in Prelims of 200 Breaststroke". Swimming World. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  19. ^ "SA's Schoenmaker, Corbett set up dream Olympic final in 200m breaststroke". News24. 29 July 2021. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  20. ^ a b "Tatjana Schoenmaker sets world record to win gold in 200-meter breaststroke". ESPN. 29 July 2021. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  21. ^ Brennan, Christine (29 July 2021). "US swimmers Lilly King, Annie Lazor celebrate medals, world record broken by Tatjana Schoenmaker". USA Today. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  22. ^ a b "Tatjana Schoenmaker wins South Africa's first gold medal at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games". ESPN. 29 July 2021. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  23. ^ "Schoenmaker scoops SA's first gold medal at Tokyo Olympics". FS News Online. 30 July 2021. Retrieved 11 August 2021.
  24. ^ "SA's Schoenmaker smashes 200m breaststroke world record and claims Olympic gold". Eyewitness News. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  25. ^ Carlson, Reid (29 December 2018). "2018 Swammy Awards: Schoenmaker is Female African Swimmer of the Year". SwimSwam. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  26. ^ Pecoraro, Nick (26 December 2019). "2019 Swammy Awards: African Female Swimmer of the Year Tatjana Schoenmaker". SwimSwam. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  27. ^ Dornan, Ben (20 December 2020). "2020 Swammy Awards: Female African Swimmer of the Year — Tatjana Schoenmaker". SwimSwam. Retrieved 25 July 2021.

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Records
Preceded by
Rikke Møller Pedersen
World Record Holder
Women's 200 Breaststroke

30 July 2021 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent