Tatjana Schoenmaker and Kaylene Corbett both won their women’s 200m breaststroke semi-finals, in 2:19.33 and 2:22.08, respectively. They are first and fourth fastest heading into Friday’s final. The men’s hockey team beat Germany 4-3 in a thrilling Pool B match. Team SA were represented across six different codes in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Thursday. Here’s how they fared.
Men’s BMX, quarter-finals: Alex Limberg finished 6th in his heat over three runs, his best being his final effort. He scored 18 points and failed to reach the semi-finals. There were four heats of six riders. Those ranked 1st to 4th in each heat qualified for the semi-finals.
Men’s first round: Christiaan Bezuidenhout shot an opening-round three-under-par 68 to sit five strokes behind early leader Sepp Straka (63) in the men’s golf competition. Belgium’s Thomas Pieters and Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz were two back on 65. Garrick Higgo was one under par through 14 holes when lightning forced the suspension of play.
Men’s pool B – South Africa 4 Germany 3: Mustaphaa Cassiem scored the winner in the 48th minute as South Africa came from behind to win. Germany had gone ahead in the 8th minute before Matthew Guise-Brown struck from a penalty corner in the 9th minute and Craig Keenan put SA 2-1 up in the 13th minute. But goals in the 22nd and 24th minutes edged Germany ahead in the game, 3-2. Nic Spooner levelled matters in the 45th minute before Cassiem struck three minutes later.
Men’s Skiff, 49ers, races 5 and 6: Benji Daniel and Alex Burger finished 19th in race 5, 3:25 behind Denmark’s Jonas Warrer and Jakob Jensen and 16th in race 6, 2:03 behind Brazil’s Marco Grael and Gabriel Borges
Men’s One-Person Dinghy (Heavyweight), races 5 and 6: Leo Davis finished 19th in both races 5 and 6 with 3.02 points and 3.17 points, respectively
Women’s breaststroke, semi-final: Kaylene Corbett produced her second personal best inside 24 hours by winning her semi-final with a blistering final 50m, touching the wall in 2:22.08.
Women’s breaststroke, semi-final: Tatjana Schoenmaker won her 200m breaststroke semi-final in 2:19.33 to qualify fastest for Friday’s final. She is over one second quicker than any other finalist.
Men’s 200m Individual Medley, semi-final: Matthew Sates, who turned 18 yesterday, finished 8th in his semi-final in 1:58.75. That left him in 14th spot overall and he was unable to qualify for Friday’s final.
Men’s Group A – Hungary 23 South Africa 1: South Africa were up against it when they took on gold-medal favourites Hungary. South Africa had to wait until the fourth quarter to score their only goal, through Nicholas Rodda. The end-of-quarter scores show Hungary’s total domination: 4-0, 9-0, 17-0, 23-1.
STILL TO COME
Men’s 100m Butterfly, Heats – 7:54pm (12:54pm): Matthew Sates
Men’s 100m Butterfly, Heats – 7:56pm (12:56pm): Chad Le Clos
Compiled by Gary Lemke
Photo: Kaylene Corbett by Anton Geyser