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Sunette’s super African best

By Mark Etheridge

Sunette Viljoen soared into a whole new stratosphere of javelin throwing in Prague on Monday night, breaking her own African record in the process.

Competing at the Josef Odlozil Memorial meeting, Viljoen pulled out all the stops to produce an effort of 66.38 metres.

That gave her victory on the night and left trailing in her wake was Olympic champion Barbora Spotakova, whose best effort on the night was a 65.71m throw. Third was Latvia’s Madera Palameika in 60.29.

Viljoen’s power-packed display came after her 63.04 runners-up spot to Spotakova in Rome last Thursday.

“It was awesome,” said Viljoen. “That javelin bent so much as it flew and the next thing I knew I had beaten ‘Spottie’. She couldn’t believe it, especially in front of her home crowd. I now move up to No 4 in the world and am fighting for the top three!”

Until last night her best of the season had been the 63.45m she threw in Durban earlier this year. Her African record of 65.43m was set at last year’s World Student Games in Belgrade.

Best throw of the year belongs to Russian Maria Abakumova who won the Diamond League event in Doha with a 68.89 throw.


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