Tatjana Schoenmaker sets world record to win gold in 200-meter breaststroke


TOKYO — South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker set a world record to win the gold medal in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke Friday at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

Schoenmaker’s winning time was 2 minutes, 18.95 seconds. Americans Lilly King (2:19.92) and Annie Lazor (2:20.84) took the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

Earlier Friday, Caeleb Dressel set another Olympic record in the semifinals of the 100-meter butterfly.

Minutes after Hungary’s Kristof Milak took down the mark in the first semifinal heat, Dressel went even faster with a time of 49.71 seconds in the second heat.

It was the third-fastest time in history and left Milak as the second-fastest qualifier at 50.31.

In the preliminaries, Dressel tied the former Olympic record of 50.39 set by Singapore’s Jospeh Schooling to win gold at the 2016 Rio Games.

Dressel will be a big favorite in Saturday morning’s final, though he could get pushed by Milak. The Hungarian already won the 200 fly with a dominating victory.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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Tatjana Schoenmaker sets world record to win gold in 200-meter breaststroke

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