South Africa's Tatjana Schoenmaker broke the world record and won gold at the women's 200-meter breaststroke race during the Tokyo Olympics, and her competitors cheered her on.
On July 30, swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker from South Africa made history as she came in first at the women's 200-meter breaststroke race during the Tokyo Olympics. The win was particularly meaningful as the swimmer broke the world record that was set in 2013 by Rikke Moller Pedersen. The moment she realized she won was captured on international television. As surprise and excitement overcame her, she was quickly surrounded by her fellow competitors who had also made it to the final. This short but meaningful moment of women supporting women has been celebrated as a major win, ABC News reports.
YES! Tatjana Schoenmaker breaks the women's 200m breaststroke World Record and wins gold for South Africa😍🥇🇿🇦 #Olympics #TeamSA pic.twitter.com/rIcnrLMSNy— Mbaliyezwe Ndlela (@mbali_ndlela) July 30, 2021
Schoenmaker edged out America's Lilly King and Annie Lazor to win gold in the 200-meter breaststroke. The athlete took her goggles off after the finish and upon seeing her time, her eyes lit up. She gasped and put her hand over her mouth in excitement and disbelief. In addition to winning the race, the 24-year-old had set a new world record. Seconds after her personal celebration, she was joined by fellow competitors Lilly King, Annie Lazor, and Kaylene Corbet. They exclaimed in joy, "Amazing!" And, "You did it!"
SHE'S DONE IT 👏 🇿🇦— SuperSport 🏆 (@SuperSportTV) July 30, 2021
NEW WORLD RECORD ⏱️
Tatjana Schoenmaker secures South Africa's first gold medal and the first individual world record of #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/qdd6N8PPWK
The celebration was particularly special for Lazor and King as they have been training together since the death of the former swimmer's father in April this year. She shared of King in an interview a few days prior to the race, "The last few months for me have been far from easy, but she has dragged me through the mud and pushed me every day and distracted me." For Schoenmaker, on the other, the win was her second medal at the 2020 Olympics. She previously earned herself a silver medal in the 100-meter breaststroke. Her second win has gone viral online, with dozens of users appreciating the love between the fellow swimmers.
Moments like these 🥺— ESPN (@espn) July 30, 2021
After setting the WORLD RECORD and winning gold in the women’s 200m breaststroke, South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker is embraced by her teammate Kaylene Corbett as well as USA’s Lilly King and Annie Lazor. pic.twitter.com/Epyht4wkW9
On Reddit, for instance, one user posted, "Seeing others being equally happy for her makes it even better." Another added, "For some reason, I remembered that edited video where Michael Phelps is splashing and the guy next to him is just getting smacked with water, but this was the opposite. I really thought their faces [were] so genuine. It’s just heartwarming." Women often get a bad reputation for not supporting each other, but this moment displayed the magic and wholesomeness of women celebrating each other's victories. As the Tokyo Olympic Games continue, ardent fans hope to see more moments like this one.
South Africa's Tatjana Schoenmaker BREAKS the world record to win the gold in the women's 200m breaststroke and her reaction is priceless.@_king_lil and @lazorlaze win the silver and bronze for @TeamUSA. #TokyoOlympics— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 30, 2021
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