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Twin focus for Viljoen

By Mark Etheridge

It’s going to be a busy August for our Commonwealth Games javelin champion Sunette Viljoen.

She’s in action at Friday night’s Samsung Diamond League meeting in Monaco, along with 400m hurdles ace LJ van Zyl and 3000m steeplechaser Ruben Ramolefi.

But unlike her male counterparts she’s got two meetings to focus on and not one. That’s because she has the not insignificant task of defending her World Student Games title in Shenzhen, China before going on to the IAAF World Athletics Championships, also in the Far East, in Daegu, South Korea.

“I’ve literally been flying the length and breadth of the world lately getting to the Diamond League meetings,” Viljoen told Road to London 2012 after arriving in Monaco for Friday’s meeting.

“I’ve been working unbelievably hard at all my training and on Friday my aim is to better my season’s best of 61.74m. I’ve got both World Students and World Champs in August so those are big meetings for me with my eye on defending my World Student Games title and then to be a finalist at world champs.”

Viljoen won the javelin at World Student Games with a great throw of 65.43m during qualifying. She’s since improved her best to a 66.38 in Praha, last year.

Her focus is also way beyond her eastern competitions coming up. “I’m not aiming for any specific medal at World Championships,” she said. “This is all part of a building process to next year’s Olympic Games. A good result in Korea is all I’m focusing on right now.”