South Africa: Sunette Viljoen sights Olympic gold
Viljoen’s last Saturday June 9’s throw of 69.35-meters in New York was not only the best of the year but the best ever made on USA’s soil. This exceptional performance has given her a leap to the first position (on world’s ranking) over her rival Czech Republic’s Barbora Spotakova (68.73m). By constantly ameliorating her throws over the past months, the 29-year-old Rustenberg native is a sure postulant for the Olympic gold. If this happens she will become the first African woman to win the first prize in an international Javelin competition. On her way to the Olympic gold, Viljoen would fine strong opposition from European notably Russia’s Maria Abakumova (71.99m in 2011) Czech Republic’s Barbora Spokatova (71.58 m in 2001) and Germany’s Christina Obergföll (69.57 m in 2011). Sunette Viljoen, former cricketer with the South African national cricket team will certainly give a strong signal to her European rivals during the next African championships June 27-2 in Porto Novo (Benin). Profile Born: October 6, 1983 at Rustenberg South Africa Specialty: Javelin throw Record held: South Africa’s record (69.35m) since June 9, 2012. Medals list: two gold in African championships; two gold in “Universiade” (international university games); and one bronze in world championship 2011. Improvements since 2000 2000: 56.68 m; 2002: 58.33 m; 2003: 61.59 m; 2008: 62.24 m; 2009 :65.43m. 2010: 66.38n m; 2011: 68.38 m; 2012: 69. 35 m.