Breaking Record Felt Like Dying, Says SA’s Tatjana

South African swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker on Saturday set a new Olympic record (1:04.82), during heat 5 of the women’s 100m breaststroke at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan.

On a day when Team SA didn’t do well at the Olympics breaking the breaststroke record was a welcome relief for many sports fans.

Schoenmaker said: “I didn’t expect that at all. When I saw I was ahead, I thought I was dying because I was going way too fast at the end.” 

South Africans are celebrating her achievement, which qualifies her for Monday’s semi-final.

“Congratulations to Tatjana Schoenmaker of #TuksSwimming,” said the University of Pretoria.