Having established her place as the queen of South African swimming, Tatjana Schoenmaker lived up to the hype last week, raking in three gold medals and breaking two records at the SA National Short-Course Swimming Championships, held in Durban between Thursday and Sunday (9-12 August, 2018).

One of 11 South African swimmers who posted qualifying times for the Fina World Short-Course Championships to be held in Hangzhou China in December, Schoenmaker was one of the most successful participants at the domestic spectacle, which was contested in a 25-metre pool.

The 21-year-old University of Pretoria student, who won double gold at the Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast in April, earned three titles in her specialist stroke, dominating the women's 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke finals and achieving the required qualifying times for the global championships in all three events.

Though Schoenmaker shone over all three distances, it was in the 100m final that she stole the show, completing the four-length race in 1:05.12 to set a new African record.

In the 50m sprint, Schoenmaker touched the wall in 30.44 seconds in the morning heats to clip 0.16 off the 19-year-old South African record held by breaststroke legend Penny Heyns, and she went even quicker in the final, stopping the clock at 30.39.

While she did not set a record in the 200m final, Schoenmaker completed the race in 2:18.93, again flaunting her spectacular form as she narrowly missed the 10-year-old African mark of 2:18.73 held by Suzaan van Biljon.

Sticking her hand up among the potential medal contenders, Schoenmaker was set to spearhead the SA women's team in search of podium places at the biennial World Short-Course Championships.
"Congrats to Tatjana on her latest string of superb performances in the pool," said Peet van Zyl of In-Site Athlete Management.

"She has proved herself to be one of the most exciting young talents in South African swimming, and we wish her all the best as she prepares to take on the world at the highest level of the sport."


Some of In-Site Athlete Management’s top athletes will turn out in London, England this weekend as they join the rest of the South African team in action against seven other countries at the inaugural Athletics World Cup, while two other talented young stars will chase world junior titles in Tampere, Finland.

At the World Cup, to be held on Saturday and Sunday, sub-11 sprinter Carina Horn will captain the national squad when she lines up in the women’s 100m race and the 4x100m relay events.

In other women’s disciplines, former World Student Games champion Justine Palframan will have a busy weekend, turning out in the 200m, 400m and 4x400m relay contests, while Gena Lofstrand goes in the 800m race, Julia du Plessis turns out in the high jump and Tamzin Thomas will give the 4x100m relay team a boost.

Among the men, African champion Antonio Alkana lines up in the 110m hurdles race as well as the 4x100m relay, resurgent athlete Lindsay Hanekom is in the 400m hurdles event and the 4x400m relay, and Chris Moleya competes in the high jump.

While sprinter Akani Simbine was included in the World Cup team, and had been scheduled to compete at the Diamond League meeting in Rabat on Friday evening, he was forced to withdraw after picking up an injury niggle.

Meanwhile, at the World U-20 Championships in Tampere, Zeney van der Walt is among the favourites in the women’s 400m hurdles final on Friday night as she looks to add the global junior title to the world youth crown she won in Nairobi last year.

High jump sensation Breyton Poole will also be confident of challenging for a medal in the men’s high jump final on Saturday, as he too goes in search of a global youth and junior double following his stunning victory in Nairobi.


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Some of South Africa’s most accomplished athletes will be able to move as swiftly off the track as they do on it, with Fury Ford throwing its weight behind four elite stars.

With all four athletes displaying spectacular form on the domestic and international track and field circuits this season, Fury Ford will ensure they can stick to their hectic schedules by offering them quality, reliable vehicles when they are on home soil.

Long jumper Ruswahl Samaai, a World Championships and Commonwealth Games medallist, will utilise a Ford Ranger double cab, and Carina Horn, who made history in March by clocking 10.98 to become the first SA woman to run under 11 seconds in the 100m sprint, will have full use of a Ford Ecosport.

Sprinter Henricho Bruintjies, who earned two medals at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia earlier this year, and hurdles specialist Cornel Fredericks, a former Commonwealth Games and African Championships gold medalist, will each be seen driving in a Ford Fiesta.

Jock Green,one of the Dealer Principals within the Fury Ford stable said “We are proud to have four of the nation’s most successful and recognisable track and field athletes associated with our brand. Their hard work and commitment have driven them to the highest levels of their sport, and at the Fury Motor Group we are all about people, so we are pleased to be able to support them as they continue to chase their goals."