Tokyo 2020 - South Africa's Tatjana Schoenmaker smashes 200 metres breaststroke world record to take Olympic gold medal
The 24-year-old followed silver in the 100m breaststroke with gold over the longer distance. She broke the record of Rikke Moller Pedersen of Denmark, who set her time at the World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona in 2013. American duo Lilly King and Annie Lazor took silver and bronze. You want it? We have it. Stream every Olympic event live on discovery+
‘She has only just realised’ - Schoenmaker smashes world record to win gold
The South African could not hide her disbelief at an extraordinarily quick swim, and was swiftly embraced by her competitors.
South Africa's Tatjana Schoenmaker celebrates after she set a new World Record to take gold in the final of the women's 200m breaststroke swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on July 30, 2021. (Photo by
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Silver medallist King (2:19.92) and bronze medallist Lazor (2:20.84) joined Schoenmaker's teammate Kaylene Corbett - who finished fifth - in surrounding the new record holder.
Great Britain's Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood finished in sixth and seventh place respectively.
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