South Africa woke up to the news of Tatjana Schoenmaker winning an Olympic Gold medal and setting a world record in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this morning. It was a proud moment for Team South Africa as well as South African IOC member, Anant Singh and Sam Ramsamy, First Vice President of international swimming body, FINA who were part of the medal ceremony.
Singh, who had the honour of presenting the medal to Tatjana said, “It was really exciting to be able to present Tatjana with her second medal, the coveted Olympic gold for breaking the world record, the first time in 25 years. It was an emotional moment as she gave off an amazing performance, and it was very special to present her with the medal. Tatjana is an exceptional talent and we are all very proud of her. She is an inspiration to young athletes and people around the world. I congratulate her on winning gold and wish her all the best and hope that she will achieve another medal in the medleys.”
Sam Ramsamy, who is also an Honorary IOC Member commented, “Tatjana breaking the world record and winning gold is a glorious achievement for her and for South Africa. It was emotional for me to be present, especially as I have been a part of South Africa’s Olympic journey over the years. Tatjana is one of South Africa’s greatest sporting talents and has done us proud. I wish her success in the events ahead and her career going forward.”