Tatjana Schoenmaker won the women’s 200-meter breaststroke race with a record-breaking time of just 2 minutes and 18.95 seconds.
She broke the previous world record of 2 minutes and 19.11 seconds set by Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen in 2013.
As soon as Schoenmaker completed her record-breaking lap, she wept in disbelief as judges declared her the winner.
“I wasn’t expecting that at all,” said Schoenmaker after her race.
“It couldn’t have been a better race,” she added.
“It still just doesn’t sink in; maybe one day.”
Dailywire.com reports: “It’s just an incredible swim,” Lazor said of Schoenmaker. “That world record has been standing for a little bit too long, I think. So to see someone finally crack 2:19, we’ve all been working towards that I think, to see someone like her do it, she’s just a great person, just to be there and experience that with someone is something that you’ll really never forget.”
Schoenmaker previously earned silver in Tokyo for the women’s 100-meter breaststroke.
Beyond her swimming performance, Schoenmaker has attracted international attention for the swim cap she wears under her South African cap, which reads “Soli Deo Gloria” — “Glory to God Alone.”
The cap also features a blue “Jesus fish” — an ancient Christian symbol associated with the Greek word for fish, “Ichthus,” which doubles as a Greek acrostic translated as “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.”
As she traveled to the game, Schoenmaker posted a prayer to her Twitter page: “Father God may your will be done, may your peace fill us up, may we praise you no matter what the outcome, may we be empowered by your strength to give it our all and may we forever be in the awe of your goodness!”
Without a doubt, the American Christian can rejoice alongside Schoenmaker; though she is not a citizen of their nation, she is most certainly a citizen of their Kingdom.
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