Schoenmaker Sole Addition To South African Olympic Roster On Day 3 Of Nationals


On the third day of racing on the 2021 South African Nationwide Championships, swimmers contested the 200 breaststroke, 200 freestyle, and 200 backstroke. The meet is serving because the nation’s Olympic choice trials for Tokyo 2020. So as to earn automated Olympic choice, a swimmer should place first or second within the ultimate and hit a time underneath the nation’s pre-set Olympic time commonplace.

The headliner tonight was Tatjana Schoenmaker who posted a 2:20.17 200 breast which not solely obtained nicely underneath the required 2:25.52 to qualify for Tokyo however was additionally quickest sufficient to make her the quickest lady on the earth within the occasion this season and the Seventh-fastest performer of all time.

Schoenmaker was adopted within the occasion by Kaylene Corbett with a 2:26.59 which is simply 0.02 over her entry time of two:26.57 and a second over the Olympic lower of two:25.52. Christin Mundell rounded out the highest three with a 2:33.48.

On the lads’s aspect of the 200 breaststroke, gold medalist Alaric Basson maintained his top-seeded place however was a bit off the Tokyo choice lower of two:10.35 along with his swim of two:13.44. Artyn Sweeney obtained into the wall second however was additionally wanting that 2:10.35 with a swim of two:15.40. Matthew Randle rounded joined Basson and Sweeney on the rostrum with a 2:16.14.

Within the males’s 200 freestyle, Matthew Sates was practically inside a second of the Olympic commonplace as he hit a 1:48.08 to path the lower of 1:47.02 by simply 1.06. Chad le Clos was proper behind Sates, touching with a 1:48.48 and Henre Louw adopted with a 1:51.80. Le Clos wasn’t fast sufficient right here to earn particular person qualification within the occasion however has already booked his ticket to Rio by swimming a 1:55.88 200 butterfly on day 2.

The ladies’s 200 freestyle victory was slightly bit additional off from Olympic choice as Aimee Canny swam a 2:00.19 for the win. That was round 3 seconds slower than the 1:57.28 that she wanted to qualify. The 200 freestyle made for an thrilling race to the contact, nevertheless, as Rebecca Meder and Dune Coetzee every vied for the gold medal, finally touching with a 2:00.29 for silver and a pair of:00.69 for bronze, respectively.

Samantha Randle was fast sufficient to win the ladies’s 200 backstroke tonight with a 2:17.49, out-touching Hannah Pearse‘s 2:17.88. Neither Randle nor Pearse was quickest sufficient although so as to add their names to the Tokyo squad as it might have taken a 2:10.39 within the occasion to qualify. Bernelee Doster rounded out the 200 backstroke podium with a swim of two:19.00.

Pieter Coetzee was the one swimmer to get inside a second of the Olympic lower in any occasion and never make the staff on day 3 of the meet as he gained the 200 backstroke ultimate with a 1:58.33. That’s simply 0.83 seconds slower than the 1:57.50 that he wanted. Additionally pretty near the lower within the 200 backstroke was silver medalist Martin Binedell who got here in with a 1:59.44. Dylan Wright was bronze, trailing barely within the occasion with a 2:04.29.

Swimmers will probably be again in motion tomorrow for the 4th day of racing which can characteristic the 400 IM, 100 backstroke, and 400 freestyle.


  • Males’s 100 Fly (S14 & S15): Ethan Paulse (1:05.28)
  • Males’s 100 Fly (S1-S13): Kaleb van der Merwe (1:12.67)
  • Girls’s 100 Fly (S1-S13): Alani Ferreira (1:20.08)
  • Males’s 50 Free (S14 & S15): Ethan Paulse (27.72)
  • Males’s 50 Free (S1-S13): Christian Sadie (29.03)
  • Girls’s 50 Free (S14 & S15): Michaela Kretzen (31.92)
  • Girls’s 50 Free (S1-S13): Kat Swanepoel (50.68)

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