If Tatjana Schoenmaker is saving the best for last, we are all in for a treat.
The South African swimmer set a new Olympic record in the women's 200-metre breaststroke during the preliminary round on Wednesday, with a time of 2:19.16. The event's semifinals happen on Thursday evening.
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Schoenmaker had already broken one Olympic record in Tokyo, in the 100-metre breaststroke preliminary rounds with a time of 1:04.82. She ended up claiming silver in the 100-metre event on Monday.
The 24-year-old entered Tokyo as one of the favourites in both the 100-metre and 200-metre breaststroke events. Schoenmaker's silver in the 2020 Olympics was the first medal in women's swimming for South Africa since 2000.
The women's 200-metre breaststroke final is slated for Thursday.