The last week has been an epic one for women’s sport. We thought that Caster Semenya breaking a record that stood for an incredible 34 years would be the highlight of the Commonwealth Games in Australia, but we were wrong. Caster isn’t the only South African women to shine at the Games. Tatjana Schoenmaker, a sensational athlete in the water, is the first South African woman to win gold in swimming at the Games in eight years.

The 20-year-old Tuks athlete scooped up two gold medals on 9 April, when she swam for her life in the breaststroke 100m and 200m finals, according to The Citizen, breaking an African record for the latter.


Tatjana Schoenmaker

Tatjana Schoenmaker (center) shows off her gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia after swimming breaststroke in the finals.

Understandably, love has been pouring in from all over, especially on Twitter, where her performance at the Games has been praised:

Congratulations Tatjana!