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Sayers stars, Sunette 4th

Our world-leader Sunette Viljoen had to settle for a sideshow on Saturday as local girl Goldie Sayers stormed off with the honours in rainy conditions at the Diamond League athletics meeting in London, writes Mark Etheridge.

Viljoen went into the meeting as the season’s best javelin exponent after her 69.35-metre effort in New York a few weeks back.

She left, reflecting that there’s still no firm favourite for gold at the Olympic Games which start in London on 27 July.

Sayers threw a British record of 66.17, beating the 65.75 that saw her one place off the podium at the Beijing Olympics.

Her win also means that both her and Viljoen have now beaten Olympic champion Barbora Spotakova in the run-in to the Olympics.

Viljoen ended with a 63.33m fourth spot, which she will not be happy with, but Czech Spotakova will also not sleep easy after a below-par 65.19.

Saturday’s results all point to an enthralling javelin competition at the Games in London.

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