HomeTokyo 2020Tokyo: Team SA Swimming Team for Tokyo Olympics – UPDATED to include their PBs, World Ranking and added Martin Binedell, Rebecca Meder and Dune Coetzee… and the Coaches
Tokyo: Team SA Swimming Team for Tokyo Olympics – UPDATED to include their PBs, World Ranking and added Martin Binedell, Rebecca Meder and Dune Coetzee… and the Coaches
Posted On 6th Jul 2021
Team SA (8 Women, 7 Men)
Tatjana Schoenmaker, Kaylene Corbett, Emma Chelius, Erin Gallagher, Ethan du Preez, Chad le Clos, Pieter Coetze, Bradley Tandy, Michael Houlie, Matthew Sates, Women’s 4x100m medley relay (Mariella Venter, Tatjana Schoenmaker, Erin Gallagher, Aimee Canny) – Total 12.
Martin Binedell was added 2nd July 2021 bringing the total number of swimmers in the team to 13.
Rebecca Meder and Dune Coetzee were added 4th July 2021 bringing the total to 15.
Wayne Riddin: “On Friday (2nd July) we received the exciting news that Martin Binedell received an invite to the Tokyo Olympics in the 200m backstroke. Then today (4th July), it was great news to hear Rebecca Meder received an invite for the 200m IM as well as the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay – so this brought Dune Coetzee into the team as well. Congratulations!” Source
Rating: 10 out of 10.
Final: Aquatics Team (6th July 2021)
Pool Swimming (15)
Men (7): Ethan du Preez, Chad le Clos, Pieter Coetze, Brad Tandy, Michael Houlie, Matt Sates, Martin Binedell Women (8): Tatjana Schoenmaker, Kaylene Corbett, Emma Chelius, Erin Gallagher, Rebecca Meder, Dune Coetzee, Mariella Venter, Aimee Canny Coaches (4): Wayne Riddin, Cedric Finch, Rocco Meiring, Chanelle van Wyk
Open Water Swimming (2)
Men (1): Michael Mcglynn Women (1): Michelle Weber Coaches (2): Wayne Riddin, Cedric Finch
Women (2): Julia Vincent, Micaela Bouter Coach (1): William Sherritt
Artistic Swimming (2)
Women (2): Laura Strugnell, Clarissa Johnston Coach (1): Vicky Drinkwater
WOMAN-LESS SOUTH AFRICAN SWIMMING ROSTER IN RIO NOW BOASTS SIX FOR TOKYO
South Africa has revealed its swimming roster for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, postponed from last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. A big change from Rio is the fact that 5 years ago South Africa had zero female representation in the pool, whereas this time around there will be six women wearing the national cap.
RSA record holder and 2019 World Championships 200m breaststroke silver medalist Tatjana Schoenmaker heads up the women’s roster, taking on the 100m breaststroke in addition to this longer event. She’ll be joined by fellow breaststoker Kaylene Corbet, along with freestyle sprinter Emma Chelius. Chelius took over fellow-Olympian Erin Gallagher‘s 50m freestyle national record of 24.72 this past April.
Mariella Venter and Aimee Canny have also been named as members of the women’s medley relay. As such, all six women are rookies for these 2020 Olympic Games.
Backstroker Coetze led off the medley relay at the National Championships in April, producing a huge lifetime best of 53.62 and qualifying for Tokyo in the process. Du Preez also impressed en route to qualification, clocking a near-personal best of 1:56.44. The teen owns a PB of 1:56.16 earlier this year.
Finally, for Sates, the University of Georgia-bound teen owns career-quickest efforts of 51.83 in the 100m fly and 1:57.60 in the 200m IM.
The highest men’s finisher in Rio was Le Clos, who reaped two silver medals, one in the 200m free and one in the 100m fly. Now-retired Cameron Van Der Burgh also medaled, taking silver in the 100m breaststroke behind Great Britain’s Adam Peaty.