Tatjana Schoenmaker has done it yet again and set a new African record on the international stage, this time at the World Student Games.
Napoli, Italy – South Africa’s rising star swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker has set yet another African swimming record on the global stage. The young swimmer is currently in Italy competing in the World Student Games.
Last year, Schoenmaker set an African swimming record at the Commonwealth Games for the 100-metre breaststroke. During her time at the Commonwealth Games, she earned two gold medals for South Africa.
Now she has beaten her personal best with a time of 1 minute and 6.32 seconds in the semifinals. She then went on to win the gold in the final with a time of 1 minute and 6.42 seconds.
In an interview with African News Agency, Schoenmaker’s coach, Rocco Meiring, confirmed it had been quite a year of emotions since the Commonwealth Games.
“Like a real champ, she did not let it deter her from what she needed to do. Tatjana continued to put in the long hard hours during training and making significant sacrifices without ever complaining,”
“Experience and having learned how to overcome disappointments taught Tatjana to only focus on the goal at hand when it matters. That is why she won the 100m-breaststroke final.”
On Twitter, Schoenmaker thanked everyone for the support of her and for congratulating her in the breaking of her record.
“Thank you so much to everybody for the support!!!” – Tatjana Schoenmaker
The World Student Games end on the 14th of July so stay tuned for more good news stories about our green and gold stars going forward.