Swimming: Gold Tatjana can further expand the medal case

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When talking about South Africa’s best female swimmers of all time, Joan Harrison, Karen Muir, Ann Fairlie and Penny Heyns are always mentioned.

But what about Tatjana Schoenmaker, because where does she fit in?

The 26-year-old Schoenmaker definitely also belongs on that list, because South African fans don’t really realize how good the current golden girl of South African swimming is.

Schoenmaker married Joel Smith, the brother of Siya Kolisi’s wife, Rachel, at the end of last year. But this has no influence on her preparation and dreams, because Schoenmaker-Smith can make history by winning a medal at the World Championships in Doha in February and later this year at the Olympic Games in France.

This is the first time that these two events are being held in the same year and you can be sure that the records will explode.

Since 2018, Schoenmaker-Smith has won medals every time at important events such as the World Championships, Commonwealth Games or Olympic Games.

This includes a gold medal in the 200 m breaststroke and a silver medal in the 100 m breaststroke at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

She won a gold medal at the World Championships in Fukuoka in Japan in the 200 m breaststroke and followed it up with a silver medal in the 100 m breaststroke.

She won a silver medal in the 200 m breaststroke in 2019 in Gwangju.

And what about her three gold medals and a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 in the Gold Coast in Australia and in 2022 in Birmingham in England?

The big question is how her level looks and whether she can increase her medal harvest this year.

Definitely, because in December last year, only a few weeks after her wedding, she won the 200 m breaststroke at the World Swimming Trials in Durban in a time of 2:20.30.

This is her fastest time since the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the third fastest this year.

Her long-time coach at Tuks, Rocco Meiring, does not want to make any predictions and says that everything is achieved through hard work.

Schoenmaker-Smith is cut out for it and she deserves to be at the front of the line.

Source: Wikipedia