It’s another medal for Mzansi at the world championships, but this one is a hugely significant one.
While she didn’t quite have the speed to catch Russia’s Yuliya Efimova, Tatjana Schoenmaker made history at the FINA world championships by becoming the first South African woman ever to claim a medal at the event.
It’s a curious if very worthy achievement given that even a decorated Olympian such as Penny Heyns never managed to achieve what Schoenmaker has.
The 22-year-old, who had set an African record of 2:21.79 in the semifinals the day before, claimed a commendable silver in the 200m breaststroke in a time of 2:22.52.
Schoenmaker was quick out of the blocks over the first 50m, establishing a decent if short-lived lead against the defending world champion.
But Efimova then found an extra gear, comfortably repelling any of her challengers.
After being out of medal contention at the final turn, Schoenmaker then sensed her chance for a minor medal and took it.
Kaylene Corbett, swimming at her first world champs, finished eighth.
Schoenmaker scooped the nation’s second medal of the showpiece in Gwangju, after Chad le Clos had taken bronze in the 200m butterfly earlier in the week.