Olympics: Schoenmaker shatters world record to win Africa’s first gold

Olympics: Schoenmaker shatters world record to win Africa’s first gold
Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa celebrates after setting a new World record - Reuters / Carl Recine

Agency Report

South Africa's Tatjana Schoenmaker smashed the long-standing women's 200m breaststroke world record Thursday to win the Olympic gold medal, the first for the African continent in Tokyo.

The 24-year-old timed 2mins 18.95sec to better the 2:19.11 set by Denmark's Rikke Moller Pedersen in 2013. America's Lilly King was second in 2:19.92 with her team-mate Annie Lazor third in 2:20.84.

AFP

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