Viljoen Beats Olympic Champion

by | Sep 3, 2012

Sunette Viljoen has proved her talent once again, this time beating Olympic gold medallist and world record holder, Czech Barbora Spotakova, at the ISTAF Meeting in Berlin, Germany on Sunday. In this picture, Viljoen and her coach, Terseus Liebenberg, smile after she qualified for the javelin final in the Olympic Stadium, at the London 2012 Games, on 7 August, 2012. Photo: Wessel Oosthuizen / SA Sports Picture Agency

Sunette Viljoen won the women’s javelin throw competition at the ISTAF Meeting in Berlin, Germany on Sunday, 2 September, with a 67.52m attempt in the final round, beating Olympic gold medallist and world record holder, Barbora Spotakova (CZE).

The SA and Africa record holder took the lead in the first round when she opened with a throw of 64.07m. Spotakova managed a throw of 60.84m in the first round, but struggled to find her rhythm as she further responded with 62.47m, a foul, 61.48m and another foul.

She closed with 66.83m, but Viljoen’s final heave of 67.52m secured the win. The 29 year-old’s other attempts were 62.20m, 63.78m, 63.46m and 62.93m from the second to fifth round.

The German Olympic silver medallist, Christina Obergfoll, finished third with 62.57m while compatriot and Olympic bronze medallist, Linda Stahl, had to settle for fourth place with a throw of 62.51m.

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