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Swimming: Schoenmaker takes gold for South Africa with world record at Olympics

Swimming: Schoenmaker takes gold for South Africa with world record at Olympics

Tatjana Schoenmaker reacts after setting a new world record at the Tokyo Olympics. (Photo: Reuters/Antonio Bronic)

TOKYO: Tatjana Schoenmaker won the women's 200m breaststroke on Friday (Jul 30) in a world record time of 2:18.95 to deliver South Africa's first gold medal of the Tokyo Games.

US swimmers Lilly King and Annie Lazor took the silver and bronze medals.

Schoenmaker, who had already claimed silver in the 100m breaststroke on Tuesday, powered to the finish 0.97 seconds ahead of King.

Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa at the women's 200m breaststroke at the Tokyo Olympics. (Photo: Reuters//Marko Djurica)

The 24-year-old's victory marked the second African gold medal in the pool following Tunisian Ahmed Hafnaoui's success in the men's 400m freestyle on Sunday.

King led until the 150m turn when Schoenmaker went in front and then delivered a powerful final length to smash the world record and grab gold.

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Source: Reuters

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