The South African Tatjana Shoemaker met the forecasts and proclaimed Olympic champion with new world record included, after winning this Friday in the final of the 200 breaststroke at the Tokyo Games with a time of 2: 18.95 minutes. Schoenmaker, who had already touched the record both in the preliminaries, where she set a new Olympic record, and in the semifinals, at the third time she was finally able to lower the record -2: 19.11- of the Danish Rikke Moller Pedersen in force since the 2013. In fact, the South African, who already won the silver medal in the final of the 100 breaststroke, not only destroyed the Nordic record, but also became the first woman in history to lose the 2:19 minute barrier.
Schoenmaker, who already made history in 2019 after becoming the first South African swimmer to climb a World Cup podium after hanging the silver medal in Gwangju 2019, found in the final what she had been missing in the series, an opponent. And what better rival than the American Lilly King, bronze in the hectometer test, and if she stands out for something it is because of her fierceness as a competitor, as the South African swimmer soon saw, who saw how King was ahead of her by 41 hundredths at the equator of the test.
But the greater resistance and, above all, the terminal strength of Tatjana Schoenmaker ended with a Lilly King that until now had always obtained better results in shorter distances such as 50 and 100, in which the American is the current world champion . Although King still did not stop fighting, despite his efforts, he could not prevent the escape of the South African as shown by the 97 hundredths in which Schoenmaker ended up distancing the North American, silver with a time of 2: 19.92 minutes.
Much further back was the also American Annie Lazor, who with a mark of 2: 20.84 hung a bronze medal that will help him to definitively overcome the depression into which he fell after the sudden death of his father last April.
Caeleb Dressel breaks the Olympic record of the 100 butterfly
The American single Villasenor established a new Olympic record in the 100-meter butterfly event after signing a time of 49.71 seconds this Friday in the semifinals of the Olympic Games. Dressel lowered by 40 hundredths the previous Olympic record that Hungarian Kristof Milak had set just a few minutes before, and that is the North American swimmer, who signed the second best mark of all time at the Tokyo Aquatic Center, only surpassed by 49.50 that Dressel himself holds as a world record, he is not willing to be separated from the gold in the 100 butterfly.
It is one of the six gold medals to which Caeleb Dressel aspires at the Tokyo Olympics, in which the Florida swimmer has already climbed to the top of the podium twice in the 100 freestyle and in the 4×100 freestyle relay.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.