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Viljoen all fired up for Commonwealth Games defence

By Mark Etheridge

The corporate world may be looking at winding down as year-end gets closer but the sporting world never really sleeps and it’s the hard work being put in now will be rewarded around the globe next year.

One of those South African sports stars is javelin ace Sunette Viljoen.

She needs no reminding that next year it’s Commonwealth Games year in Glasgow, Scotland and when it comes to the Commonwealth Viljoen is king, or in her case queen?

She’s won the javelin title in the 2006 (Melbourne) and 2010 (New Delhi) Games and she makes no secret that she wants a third title.

Fourth at last year’s Olympic Games, pictured right, after going into the final with a very real shot at the podium, she finished one place outside the medals with a best effort of 64.53 metres and was clearly devastated in herself, leaving the media areas with tears streaked down her cheeks.

But she’s a fighter is Viljoen. One doesn’t win as many medals in so many different competitions as she does on talent alone.

For now though she’s gone back to basics. “I’m training flat out for the 2014 season now,” she told Road to Rio 2016. “I’ve just begun with my conditioning phase which includes a big range of exercises, from boxing to Crossfit, to Sweat 100.

“All the training now is focuses on fitness and toning. The plan is now to just get fit for the rest of the year and then next year switch to javelin orientated exercises.

“Next year is Commonwealth and you can be sure I’m doing everything in my ability to win that third Games title and be ready for battle.”

For the record, Viljoen’s last two victory throws at the Commonwealth were 60.72 and 62.34 metre efforts.

Picture: Wessel Oosthuizen/SASPA


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