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South African swimmer, Tatjana Schoenmaker won the silver medal in the 100m Women’s Breaststroke at the Olympic Games in Tokyo earlier this morning.  She created a sensation by setting an Olympic Record in the heat stage on Sunday.  International Olympic Committee member, Anant Singh presented the medal to her and made the following statement:

“My heartiest congratulations go to Tatjana Schoenmaker for winning the silver medal in the 100m Women’s Breaststroke. It was thrilling for me to have witnessed first-hand Tatjana outpacing her competitors in a manner that seemed so effortless when she set the new Olympic Record on Sunday and to see her achieve a career highlight today. As a South African, it made me so proud to have the privilege of presenting her with the medal which also marked Team South Africa’s first medal in Tokyo.

 I also congratulate the Team South Africa squad members who have performed so well including Chad Le Clos who won the semi-finals of the Men’s 200m Butterfly and now proceeds to the finals; Bianca Buitendag who qualified for the semi-finals of the Women’s Shortboard Surfing; and our Rugby 7’s team, the Blitzboks for winning their opening pool games against Ireland and Kenya so convincingly yesterday.

Our athletes competing here in Tokyo are the best in their respective codes, and we are hopeful that their performances will generate more medals. Together with all South Africans, I am looking forward to seeing our Olympic Squad give off their best as they participate in the Games.”

The Olympic Games will end on 8 August 2021.

Details of the full Olympic Squad can be accessed from:


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