Fastest Time
Photo Credit: @tatjanaschoen / Instagram; Team SA

Speed queen of competitive waters Tatjana Schoenmaker made an impressive splash at the World Aquatic Championships. Amid the world’s best aquatic stars competing in Japan, she celebrated her fastest time since the 2021 Olympics.


Fukuoka, Japan (25 July, 2023) — The World Aquatics Championships have set the watery stage for Tatjana Schoenmaker’s Olympic run-up, seeing the queen of speed celebrate her fastest time since the 2021 Olympics.

This comes as a huge positive for the swimmer who, earlier this year, shared that the comeback from her 1:04.8 time and not being able to break a 1:06 was personally challenging. Despite being able to clasp the times she wanted in training, her skills hadn’t linked up with her racing showcases, as she previously shared.

However, during her semifinal splash, the pressure slipped off thanks to her stellar performance in the heats.

“It was my fastest time since the Olympics as well, so I was very happy with that, that just meant I could enjoy the racing in the semi and the final because I got the time already in the heats, my best time so far in terms of the season.”

She enjoyed a time of 1:05.56 to qualify for the 100m breaststroke final, and when it was time to showcase, Schoenmaker showed off, swimming like a fish on the run.

She conquered the semifinals with a time of 1:05.53, earning her a spot in the finals and second place.

All the action continues today and we’re backing our South African swimming stars all the way.

Sources: Team SA 
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