Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
2 minute read
11 Apr 2021
8:00 am

Schoenmaker is SA’s best hope for an Olympic medal

Wesley Botton

When swimmers are standing on the blocks, you can bet your bottom dollar that the entrant in the best form will win.

Tatjana Schoenmaker after winning gold in the 100m breaststroke at the 2019 World Cup gala in Tokyo. Picture: Getty Images

  Swimming, unlike many other sports, rewards athletes almost entirely based on form. That seems simplistic because, well, of course it does, right? Well, not quite. The tactics, conditions and circumstances in other codes open the door for athletes who might not be the fastest but can rely on other strengths to put up a fight. There are obviously tactics involved in swimming, such as pacing, which is crucial in any code. But unlike athletics, for example, where a middle-distance runner can control the pace in a lead group, swimmers are confined to lanes over every distance. ALSO READ: Schoenmaker...