Sunette’s Silver Takes SA Up To Nine

Sunette Viljoen has finally landed an Olympic medal as she adds to South Africa’s tally in Rio De Janeiro.  Viljoen took silver in the women’s javelin on Thursday night at the Games.  Previously the 32-year-old had enjoyed success at the African Championships, Commonwealth Games and World Championships but always fell short at the Olympic Games.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 18: Sunette Viljoen of South Africa in action during the Women's Javelin Throw. Athletics on August 18, 2016 at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by ©Christiaan Kotze/SASPA

Viljoen was desperate for success in Rio and her heave of 64.92 metres proved enough for second place on the night.  Sara Kolak took gold with a throw of 66.18 metres.  This is South Africa’s ninth medal at Rio 2016 and Team South Africa is very much on target to reach SASCOC’s stated goal of 10 medals with Caster Semenya expected to deliver the medal that achieves the goal.  Semenya will run in the wee hours of Sunday morning South African time.

Photo credit: Christiaan Kotze/SASPA