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Two more medals for SA

Sunette Viljoen and the mens’ 4×400-metre relay team bagged Team South Africa’s second and third medals at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea on Friday.

First Viljoen, the Potchefstroom based javelin ace,  improved her African record by close to two metres when she took the bronze medal. The two-time Commonwealth Games Champion and African Championships winner came up with her winning throw in the fifth and penultimate throw when she pegged the spear at 68.38 metres.

Clearly Viljoen is keen on the Far East as her previous continental mark of 66.47m  was set at the World Student Games in Shenzhen, China, only last month. Gold in Daegu went to Mariya Bakumova of Russia, the Olympic silver medallist hitting 71.99m for a new championship record while world recordholder Barbora Spotakova took silver in 71.58m.

Then it was the South African men’s 4X400 relay team who took silver. The SA quartet, which broke the national record with a slightly different team in the heats, clocked 2min 59.87sec to finish second behind favourites the United States, who won in 2:59.31. Jamaica took third in 3:00.10.

South Africa’s team consisted of Shane Victor, Ofentse Mogawane, Willem de Beer and LJ van Zyl, the 400m hurdles bronze medallist, in the final.

Team South Africa now have three┬á medals banked after Van Zyl’s bronze earlier this week.

Oscar Pistorius, who was in the SA team that broke the record, wasn’t part of the final foursome but will still receive a medal as he is part of the squad.


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