South African Olympic swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker got a surprise phone call from President Cyril Ramaphosa after winning her gold medal.
The 24-year-old won gold in the women’s 200m breaststroke last Friday with a time of 2:18.95 – breaking the world record.
“You have lifted the country, we are in a good mood,” said Mr Ramaphosa, who also passed on his congratulations to her coach.
“You smashed it. A world record is fantastic!”
Schoenmaker said she was looking forward to coming back home when she would be returning to her studies at university.
“This will give you wings to make that second degree,” the president said.
The sport’s minister has tweeted part of the conversation: