Gold for Tatjana Schoenmaker in a world record time in the women’s 200m breaststroke final. The men’s hockey team drew with Canada, while the women’s hockey and waterpolo teams both lost. Here is a list of all Team SA’s competitors in action at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday.
Men’s 400m hurdles, Heat: Sokwakhana Zazini finished third in his heat in 49.51 and qualified for the next round of competition
Women’s 5000m, heat 2: Dominique Scott recorded a 15min 13.94sec time to finish 13th in her heat, despite the time being a season’s best. That placed her 26th overall and she missed out on a spot in the final
Women’s 3m springboard prelims: Julia Vincent and Micaela Bouter finished 25th and 26th respectively and failed to reach the semi-finals (top 18) of the competition. Vincent had 228.90 points and Bouter 216.15. A total of 272.05 was placed 18th
Men’s competition, second round: Garrick Higgo posted a 2nd consecutive round of 71 to sit on level par 142 after 2 rounds. Christiaan Bezuidenhout was still on the course when play was again suspended, 2-under after 17 holes and 5-under for the tournament. Clubhouse leader is American Xander Schauffele (11-under)
Women’s Pool A: South Africa 1 Germany 4: Toni Marks scored South Africa’s consolation goal in the 53rd minute as they had the final say in a 4-1 defeat. Germany led 2-0 within the opening 10 minutes before stretching their lead to 4-0 after 49 minutes before Marks struck.
Women’s 200m breaststroke, final: GOLD! Tatjana Schoenmaker won South Africa’s first gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with a world record swim. She touched the wall first after a titanic struggle with America’s Lilly King. Schoenmaker’s time was 2min 18.95sec. The previous world record of 2:19.11 had been set by Denmark’s Ricke Moller Pedersen in Barcelona almost eight years ago to the day. Schoenmaker’s training partner Kaylene Corbett also performed heroically, finishing fifth in 2:22.06, another personal best.
Men’s 50m freestyle, heats: Brad Tandy finished sixth in his heat in 22.22sec to clock the 24th fastest time of the heats. Only the top 16 qualified for the semi-finals
Women’s 50m freestyle, heats: Emma Chelius qualified for the semi-finals after her 24.65 swim placed her 11th fastest among the list of qualifiers
Women’s 4x100m medley: Mariella Venter, Tatjana Schoenmaker, Erin Gallagher, Aimee Canny finished seventh in 4:02.02 behind Australia (3:55.39) but failed to qualify for the final
Women’s Group A: Netherlands 33 South Africa 1: South Africa were on the receiving end of the biggest drubbing in Olympic women’s waterpolo history. They had also lost their earlier games, 29-4 to Spain and 21-1 to Canada. The only goal against the Dutch was scored in the third quarter by captain Jordan Wedderburn. South Africa conceded seven goals in the first quarter, nine in the second and third quarters and eight in the final quarter.