GWANGJU – SA swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker made a strong challenge for a podium place, finishing sixth in the women’s 100m breaststroke at the Fina World Long-Course Championships in Gwangju, South Korea on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old Schoenmaker came up against a world-class field which included world record holder Lilly King of the United States and the former Russian world champion Yuliya Efimova.
Schoenmaker finished in a time of one minute 06.60 seconds (1:06.60) at her first senior world championships.
King raced to victory touching first in a time of 1:04.93 with Efimova finishing second behind her in a time of 1:05.49.
Schoenmaker’s national record of 1:06.32 she posted at the recent World Student Games would have earned her a bronze medal.