GWANGJU – Tatjana Schoenmaker powered her way to an African record in the 200m breaststroke semifinal at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, on Thursday.
The 22-year-old Pretoria swimmer finished second behind defending champion Yuliya Efimova in 2:21.79 to set the new mark and book her place in Friday’s final.
Joining her in the final is teammate and training partner Kaylene Corbett, who finished fourth in her semifinal in a personal best time of 2:24.18.
“It was so amazing. I can’t even explain. You know you’re going well. It was nice and comfortable in the beginning but you’re never sure if the time is going to be good or not,” said Schoenmaker. “I’m extremely happy. I did my best and God did the rest. I cannot believe it.”
Also thrilled with her performance, 20-year-old Corbett added: “It was amazing. It’s such an experience swimming here and to compete with the best is honestly my favourite thing ever. This is what we work for. We’re racing at such a high level, it just gets harder and harder but it was so much fun.”