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Sunette’s third spot is best SA effort in Doha

By Mark Etheridge

Commonwealth Games javelin champion Sunette Viljoen fared best of the six South African athletes in action at Friday’s night’s season opening Diamond League series in Doha, Qatar.

Viljoen’s best effort of the night was a 64.23m throw, good for third place and one Diamond League point as Slovenia’s Martina Ratej won with 65.48, from Aussie Kimberley Mickle (65.36).

Victor Hogan, going into the competition on the back of an injured throwing hand and dodgy left knee, also had the woes of a delayed flight to the competition and the resulting extra stiffness to worry about.

He took sixth in the discus with a 62.14 throw, as Poland’s Piotr Malachowski won with 66.72m.

“Flat batteries… but thanks for the support,” was his immediate reaction to his first big international competition of the year.

Other South Africans in field event action were Khotso Mokoena and Zarck Visser and on this occasion it was Visser who took honours with a 7.74 leap, six centimetres further than his countryman.

Greece’s Louis Tsatoumas won with an 8.06 jump.

On the track Kenyan Asbel Kiprop blasted to a 3min 29.18sec win in the men’s 1500m.

And while our Johan Cronje may have only managed 10th spot he would no doubt have been very chuffed with his time of 3:33.31 the 2013 World Championships bronze medallist had gone into the meeting and saying he’d be happy with a 3:34/35 clocking.

Our only other track competitor was Andre Olivier in the mens’ two-lapper and he took seventh spot in 1:45.39 as arch-rival Mohammed Aman of Ethiopia took gold in 1:44.49.