Every year Swimming World Magazine chooses the best male and female swimmers from the accompanying areas: Africa, the Pacific Rim, Europe, the Americas, and World.
Beginning today, Swimming World will start reporting the best competitors in every locale paving the way to the declaration of the Male and Female World Swimmer of the Year on December first. The last declaration will concur with the official arrival of the December Swimming World Magazine. To download and read past “Swimmers of the Year”, visit the Swimming World Vault and download past December issues.
Male African Swimmer of the Year: Chad le Clos
The undisputed lord of men’s butterfly at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia was verifiably Chad le Clos of South Africa. He ruled the control, building up Commonwealth Games records in the 100 and 200 meter fly (50.65, 1:54.00—the two of which positioned third on the planet in 2018).
In spite of the fact that butterfly is le Clos’ undeniable strong point, his free-form ability likewise is routinely among the best on the planet. He put second in the 100 free at the Commonwealth Games, tying for silver with Australian sprinter Kyle Chalmers (48.15). The South African whiz likewise helped his nation’s 4×100 variety hand-off to a bronze decoration. Le Clos left the Gold Coast having gained an overwhelming pull of three golds, one silver and one bronze. His triumph in the 200 fly was his third straight title in the occasion at the Commonwealth Games—an accomplishment no other man in history has achieved.
At 18, le Clos stunned himself and the world when he crushed his swimming saint Michael Phelps in the 200 fly at the 2012 London Games by 3-hundredths of a second. Le Clos proceeded to take silver to Phelps in the 100 fly. The Games demonstrated a gigantic take off platform for the phenom’s profession. Presently 26, he has piled on 51 universal awards since 2011 between the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, World Championships (SC and LC), the African Games and the African Championships.
Le Clos may have been baffled with his appearing in Rio, yet his two silvers in the 200 free and 100 fly conveyed his general award aggregate to four, making him South Africa’s most adorned Olympian.
His exhibitions at the 2018 Commonwealth Games solidified him in history as the best Commonwealth swimmer ever. His three gold, one silver and one bronze award brought his aggregate Commonwealth decoration count to
Female African Swimmer of the Year: Tatjana Schoenmaker
Tatjana Schoenmaker landed in Australia this April for the Commonwealth Games as a for all intents and purposes obscure 20-year-old. She exited the Gold Coast with two gold decorations, three African records and acknowledgment as a standout amongst other breaststrokers on the planet.
Before the Commonwealth Games, Schoenmaker’s worldwide achievements included winning a silver decoration in the 200 meter bosom at the 2017 World University Games. She likewise helped South Africa set a short course African record in the ladies’ 4×50 mixture transfer (1:52.16) in 2014 at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
A year back, she completed sprinter up in the 2017 African Swimmer of the Year vote, behind consistent victor, Farida Osman of Egypt. This year, however, it’s Schoenmaker who rules as the best female swimmer on the landmass with her very own consistent vote.
In her first occasion of the Commonwealth Games, she completed simply off the platform in fourth in the 50 bosom, however her 30.82 set an African record. The following day, she raged the field in the 200 bosom, setting first by over a second. Her season of 2:22.02 thumped more than over two seconds off her past best (2:24.61) and crushed Suzaan van Biljon’s African record of 2:23.21, set at the 2012 Olympics. Schoenmaker finished the year positioned fourth on the planet in the occasion, just 1.3 seconds off Russia’s Yulia Efimova’s best time of 2:20.72.
After two days in the 100 bosom last, she caught her second gold award, this time by 6-tenths of a second. Her last time of 1:06.41 wound up as the tenth best time universally for 2018. She additionally broke her third African record in that race, bringing down the characteristic of 1:06.52 set by inevitable Olympic gold medalist Penny Heyns in 1999.
Later in the year in August, multi month after her 21st birthday, Schoenmaker included a short course meters African record to her list of references with a 1:05.12 in the 100 bosom at the South African Championships.
While South Africa’s male swimmers have made a lot of global progress since the nation’s readmission to universal games in 1994, just a couple of its female swimmers have achieved that dimension. Indeed, Schoenmaker is the main South African lady to win gold at the Commonwealth Games amid that day and age.