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.
Understandably, love has been pouring in from all over, especially on Twitter, where her performance at the Games has been praised:
a Second gold for the new kid on the block. Tatjana Schoenmaker on Monday night added to her 100m breaststroke gold when she won the 200m breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Her time of 2.22.022 broke the record of Olympic Gold medalist Penny Heyns. pic.twitter.com/S4vDbeKcqM
— TeamSouthAfrica (@TeamSA18) April 9, 2018
#TatjanaSchoenmaker Wow! Amazing Tatjana. You did your country very proud. Double goal at the commen wealth games. Once again our athletes are excelling. Actually all our athletes are doing great! Chad,Simbibni,Dylan buis Enricho Bruintjies!Keep it up SA! Something to celebrate
— Greg (@tpgbru) April 9, 2018
— aphiwe ngwenya (@aphiwe_ngwenya) April 9, 2018
— Kass Naidoo (@KassNaidoo) April 7, 2018
South African women’s swimming is back on the map folks…#TatjanaSchoenmaker my bru.
— Wolfgang Storm (@WolfgangStorm) April 7, 2018
And it’s another gold for Tatjana Schoenmaker in the 100m breast! Thats double gold in African record time. Brilliant stuff. #GC2018
— Karien Jonckheere (@KarienJ) April 9, 2018