Tatjana Schoenmaker Sets African, South African Records in 200 Breast in 2:21.7


Swimming in the semifinals of the women’s 200 breaststroke Thursday evening, Tatjana Schoenmaker registered a 2:21.79 for a new South African National Record and African Continental Record. Schoenmaker now owns 7 of the 10 fastest times in African history in the 200 breaststroke.

Schoenmaker won two gold medals in the breaststroke at the 2019 World University Games in Italy, taking the 100 in 1:06.42 and the 200 in 2:22.92.

Tonight, Schoenmaker shaved nearly a quarter-second from her lifetime best and previous record of 2:22.02. The different came in the middle 100, where Schoenmaker was about 6/10ths faster overall than at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Schoenmaker’s Splits:

Schoenmaker 2018 – Gold Coast Schoenmaker 2019 – Gwangju
1st 50 32.47 32.48
2nd 50 36.95 36.49
3rd 50 36.26 36.12
4th 50 36.34 36.70
TOTAL TIME 2:22.02 2:21.79

Schoenmaker also holds the African Continental and South African National Records in the 50 and 100 breaststrokes. At these World Championships she placed 6th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.60.

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4 years ago

Great time for her, obviously she didn’t taper for WUG’s (which is what i feared she would do). Hoping for a podium of Efimova, Schoenmaker and Ye Shiwen tomorrow.

4 years ago

How many African continental records are held by athletes not from South Africa?

Reply to  Kit
4 years ago

Kirsty Coventry has a few

Reply to  Peter
4 years ago

Osman & Mellouli too.

Reply to  Peter
4 years ago

LCM only.
men 400/800/1500 free 400 IM Oussama Mellouli
Women 50 free Farida Osman
Women 200 free, 50/100/200 back and 200/400 IM Coventry

Rest all RSA

Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

Less concentrated than SA Records (Only 7 records not for BRA)
Oceania is even more concentrated, only men 200 fly and women 1500 free is from new Zealand
North America is the same, only Cochrane 800 and Mcneil 100 fly is not from US

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