Another Championship glory beckons for Tatjana


South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker is on course for further podium success at the World Championships in Japan.

The 26-year-old swimmer’s time of 2:21.31 in the semi-final heat of the 200m breaststroke saw her set the fastest qualifying time for the final.

The Olympic champion and former world record holder kicked water in the eyes of Lilly King. The American defending world champion finally had to settle for second place and a time of 2:22.68 in their semi-final run.

On Tuesday, Schoenmaker took a decent lead in the 200 m final when she swam the silver medal in the 100 m breaststroke event.

“I’m not training for the 100 m; I’m training for the 200 m. I’m actually very grateful for my fast 100m time (1:05.84) because it helps a lot with the 200m. Still, it will be a brand new challenge,” she said after her medal success.

Schoenmaker will swim in the 200m breaststroke final at 13:49 today. The action is broadcast live on SuperSport.

Swimmers who qualified for the final of the 200m breaststroke event:

  1. Tatjana Schoenmaker (South Africa): 2:21.31
  2. Tes Schouten (Netherlands): 2:21.71
  3. Kate Douglass (USA): 2:21.99
  4. Lilly King (USA): 2:22.68
  5. Thea Blomsterberg (Denmark): 2:23.19
  6. Abbey Harkin (Australia: 2:23.65
  7. Kotryna Teterevkova (Lithuania): 2:24.12
  8. Kelsey Lauren Wog (Canada): 2:24.16