2021 SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
- April 7th – April 10th
- Newton Park, Gqeberha, South Africa
- Primary Olympic Selection Meet
- RSA Olympic Selection Criteria
- LCM Format (50m)
- Live Results
- Live Stream (Youtube)
- Day 1 Recap
- Day 2 Recap
Racing at the 2021 South African National Championships, Tatjana Schoenmaker threw down an incredible 2:20.17 200 breaststroke to set a new South African and African record, become the fastest woman in the world this year, and the 7th fastest swimmer of all time. Additionally, the swim was fast enough to earn Schoenmaker a spot on her first-ever Olympic squad as she got well under the required cut of 2:25.52.
Check out footage of Schoenmaker’s Olympic-qualifying swim here:
The swim for Schoenmaker allowed her to surpass Russian breaststroker Evgenia Chikunova‘s 2:21.63 which she swam yesterday for the top spot in the world this season. Her previous season-best in the event was a 2:23.05 from back in December.
The swim also makes Schoenmaker the 7th-fastest performer in history, surpassing Leisel Jones’s 2:20.54 from 2006. The swim is among the fastest 200 breaststrokes that the world has seen since Rie Kaneto hit a 2:19.65 back in April of 2016. A 2:20.17 200 breast would have been fast enough to earn gold at the 2016 Olympic Games where Kameto swam a 2:20.30 to take gold.
200 Breaststroke All-Time World Rankings
- Rikke Møller Pederson (2013) – 2:19.11
- Yuliya Efimova (2013) – 2:19.41
- Rebecca Soni (2012) – 2:19.59
- Viktoria Gunes (2015) – 2:19.64
- Rie Kaneto (2016) – 2:19.65
- Annamay Pierse (2009) – 2:20.12
- Tatjana Schoenmaker (2021) – 2:20.17
- Leisel Jones (2006) – 2:20.54
The swim for Schoenmaker comes just two days after she broke her own 50 breaststroke at 2021 South African Nationals by swimming a 30.32.
Now that Schoenmaker has punched her ticket for her first-ever Olympic Games, she will look to add a second event to her lineup in Tokyo as she will race the 100 breaststroke as top seed and national record holder on day 5 of the meet.