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PB for Schoenmaker as she places fourth in final

By Mark Etheridge

Her goal was to swim a personal best at the Summer Universiade, and South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker did just that in Taipei, Taiwan, on Tuesday.

Schoenmaker made the final of the women’s 100-metre breaststroke, where the Tuks University swimmer placed fourth.

Her time of 1min 07.44sec was 0.59sec off winner Kanako Watanabe’s 1:06.85 and 0.46sec shy of a bronze medal.

It was the second time Schoenmaker (featured in the latest issue of the Team SA magazine) had improved on her personal best time, having swum 1:07.77 in the semi-finals.

Also in finals action was Durban’s Myles Brown, and he placed fifth in the 200m freestyle. He clocked 1:47.74 in a race won by Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys.

Meanwhile, in football action, the SA women’s team have qualified for the quarter-finals after Russia beat Great Britain 2-1 in their final pool game.

This means that South Africa ended second in their group and they’ll now take on the USA in a quarter-final clash.

The US won two of their three group matches.

Mixed team badminton action saw South Africa go down 5-0 to eastern powerhouse Malaysia.

Lee Ann De Wet and Anoop Nair (pictured above) went down 2-0 in the mixed doubles, as did Bongani van Bodenstein and Janke van der Vyver in the men’s and women’s singles, while the men’s and women’s doubles combinations of  Van Bodenstein and Nair, and De Wet and Van der Vyver also lost 2-0.

Track and field action also got under way, with SA athletes mainly involved in heats and qualifying action. The day’s only two finals are the men’s shot put where Jason van Rooyen will throw, while there’s no SA representation in the women’s 10,000m final.

Olympian Justine Palframan was the first South African in action on Wednesday, and placed second in the second of five heats, doing just enough to go through in scorching, humid conditions as the temperature reached 33deg Celsius with 60% humidity. The Stellenbosch University athlete ran 55.04sec behind Poland’s Malgorzata Holub (54.49).

Women’s discus saw a season’s best 56.04 from Ischke Senekal, sealing her spot in the final with her throw being sixth-furthest into the final.

Men’s 400m action saw Zakithi Nene win his heat, the seventh of nine, in a time of 46.97 to book his place in the semi-final.

In the sprints, Thando Roto was second in the second of the 100m heats. He clocked 10.51 to qualify for round two, and after being disqualified for false starting in the 100m at the recent IAAF World Championships in London, he’ll need no extra motivation to make amends in Taipei.

Triple jumper Reneilwe Aphane’s 15.36m wasn’t enough to get him through to the next round.

Cape Town sprinter Thamzin Thomas though, was in fine form in the 100m heats, winning in 11.63sec.


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