The 24-year-old Tatjana Schoenmaker from Roodepoort, Pretoria won South Africa’s first Olympic gold medal in the women’s 200m breaststroke final on Friday setting a new world record time of 2:18.95.
The previous world record was set by Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen at the World Championships in 2013 at the time of 2:19.11.
King took silver in 2:19.92 while American Annie Lazor finished up third taking up bronze medal with a time of 2:20.84 and South Africa’s Kaylene Corbett finished 5th with a new personal best of 2:22.06.
Schoenmaker makes history by becoming the first women to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming for South Africa. The last time a gold Olympic medal was won was Penny Heyns at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.