Schoenmaker wins Team South Africa’s second medal

Tatjana Schoenmaker
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Tatjana Schoenmaker has won Team South Africa’s second medal at the World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

Schoenmaker finished second in the women’s 200 metres breaststroke final to add a silver medal to the bronze won by Chad Le Clos in the 200 metres butterfly on Wednesday.

Schoenmaker was second midway through the race behind Russia’s Yuliya Efimova.

However, the 22-year-old South African seemed to run out of steam at the final turn and dropped back to third place.

But she did well on the home straight to finish in second place ahead of Canada’s Sydney Pickrem in 2 minutes, 22,52 seconds.

Efimova won gold in 2 minutes, 20,17 seconds.

Meanwhile, Chad le Clos will have a chance to win his second medal of the championships when he lines up in the final of the 100 metres butterfly on Saturday.

Le Clos qualified fourth fastest for the final.

Swimming in lane five, Le Clos had a great start and was in third place midway through the race. He surged ahead and was in the lead with just 30 metres to go.

However, Hungarian Kristof Milak who broke Michael Phelps’ record in the 200 metres butterfly to win gold on Wednesday, finished strongly ahead of the South African.