The nation of South Africa has revealed its swimming roster for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, postponed from last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. A big change from Rio is the fact that 5 years ago South Africa had zero female representation in the pool, whereas this time around there will be six women wearing the national cap.
RSA record holder and 2019 World Championships 200m breaststroke silver medalist Tatjana Schoenmaker heads up the women’s roster, taking on the 100m breaststroke in addition to this longer event. She’ll be joined by fellow breaststoker Kaylene Corbet, along with freestyle sprinter Emma Chelius. Chelius took over fellow-Olympian Erin Gallagher‘s 50m freestyle national record of 24.72 this past April.
Backstroker Coetze led off the medley relay at the National Championships in April, producing a huge lifetime best of 53.82 and qualifying for Toyo in the process. Du Preez also impressed en route to qualification, clocking a near-personal best of 1:56.44. The teen owns a PB of 1:56.16 earlier this year.
Finally, for Sates, the University of Georgia-bound teen owns career-quickest efforts of 51.83 in the 100m fly and 1:57.60 in the 200m IM.
The highest men’s finisher in Rio was Le Clos, who reaped two silver medals, one in the 200m free and one in the 100m fly. Now-retired Cameron Van Der Burgh also medaled, taking silver in the 100m breaststroke behind Great Britain’s Adam Peaty.