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Sunette’s silver boost

By Mark Etheridge

Sunette Viljoen spent the weekend savouring her success from Thursday night’s Samsung Diamond League track and field meeting in Rome and will take heaps of confidence from her silver medal.

Viljoen hurled the javelin a fine 67.95 metres with her sixth and final effort, a throw only surpassed by javelin legend Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic who also saved her best for last with a 68.65m throw.

“I’m so pleased with that throw,” Viljoen told Road to London 2012. “I’ve trained really hard for this and it’s wonderful that the hard training is now starting to come through.”

Viljoen is the reigning 2010 Commonwealth Games champion and took the bronze medal at last year’s IAAF track and field championships in Daegu, South Korea.

“This is a wonderful foundation to build on going forward. A person always reaps the rewards of their hard work and the most important thing for me is that my self-confidence has taken a huge boost.”

What’s next for the Potchefstroom based athlete? “That will be next Saturday in New York for the next Diamond League.”

Viljoen’s personal best is the 68.38 throw that earned her bronze in Daegu. She now lies third on the Diamond League standings behind Spotakova and Russia’s Mariya Abakumova.

Spotokova won the 2008 Beijing Olympics with a throw of 71.42m.

Meanwhile Olympic 1500m finalist in Beijing, Juan van Deventer still remains hopeful of running two qualifying events to come into contention for the SA Olympic team.

He ran in Marseilles, France on Thursday but his 3:38.41 was only good for third and some way shy of the 3:35.50 A standard qualification. “I didn’t have a great race, no excuses, just did not have it in me on the day. So I’ll just keep fighting and try again in the next race,” he told Road to London 2012.


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