Tatjana Schoenmaker and Kaylene Corbett make history at Tokyo Olympics

SA swimming duo Tatjana Schoenmaker and Kaylene Corbett have comfortably advanced to the women’s 200m breaststroke final in Tokyo.

South African swimming duo Tatjana Schoenmaker and Kaylene Corbett have comfortably advanced to the women’s 200m breaststroke final at the Tokyo Olympics after winning their respective semi-finals on Thursday.

Schoenmaker, 24, and Corbett, 22, are training partners at Tuks in Pretoria.

Schoenmaker, who won the silver medal in the 100m breaststroke, won the second semi-final in a time of 2:19.33.

Earlier, compatriot Kaylene Corbett won the first semi-final in 2:22.08, out-touching American Lilly King.

Tatjana Schoenmaker’s time wound up as easily the fastest heading into the final with 16-year-old Evgeniia Chikunova second-quickest in 2:20.57.

Corbett’s time was fourth-fastest overall, giving Team SA a genuine shot at two medals in the final.

It was the first occasion since 2000 that two South Africans had made an Olympic swimming final.

The women’s 200m breaststroke final will take place on Friday, 30 July at 03:41 SA time.

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