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Why the next 48 hours are critical for Team SA at the Tokyo ...


Why the next 48 hours are critical for Team SA at the Tokyo Olympics

Tatjana Schoenmaker, Chad le Clos, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasioa and Blitzboks have dates with destiny

Sports reporter

By the time most South Africans wake up on Tuesday morning, Tatjana Schoenmaker should have won the country’s first Olympic medal at the Tokyo Games.

After four days at the previous two showpieces at London 2012 and Rio 2016, SA had won two medals; five years ago they went on to a haul of 10, and nine years ago it was six.

By the end of Monday the class of 2021 had suffered four medal misses, and veteran Chad le Clos nearly became No. 5 after qualifying for the 200m butterfly semifinals in 16th place on Monday evening...

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