Sunette Viljoen laid down a 66.47m second round throw for a new South African and African javelin record, and to defend her World Student title in Shenzen on Thursday. File Photo: SuppliedTwenty eight year old Sunette Viljoen successfully defended her World Student title in Shenzhen, China on 18 August, 2011 with a throw of 66.47m to set a new South African and African Record.

Viljoen opened the competition with a no-throw before unleashing her mammoth effort in the second round to effectively end the competition as her nearest rival, Marina Maximova from Russia was only able to hit 59.87m.

Viljoen hit the 60m mark again in the 5th round with a distance of 60.36m. The win and the distance will go a long way to boosting the confidence of Viljoen as she heads off to Daegu, Korea for the World Championships. Her sequence was as follows:

Rnd1   Rnd2   Rnd3   Rnd4   Rnd5   Rnd6

X    66.47m  x   57.46m   60.36m   8.82m

The performance in Shenzen sees her move to 4th on the World Ranking lists behind Barbora Spotakova (CZE – 69.45m), Christine Obergfoell (GER – 68.86M) and Mariya Abakumova (RUS – 67.98m).