Viljoen qualified for the Olympics in the javelin throw on 14 April at the SA Senior Championships in Port Elizabeth with 61.15m and has constantly been throwing around the 61m mark throughout the season.
Yesterday in Rome Viljoen changed that with 63.64 in the fourth round and 64.13 in the fifth. However, it was Viljoen’s 67.96m in the final round, which put her in second position, ahead of Goldie Sayers (GBR), indicating that Viljoen is getting back on form.
She is edging closer to the 68.38m Africa and SA Record distance that won her bronze in Daegu at the World Championships. Sayers finished third with a best attempt of 64.73m while the Olympic champion, Barbora Spotakova (CZE), won with a world leading distance of 68.65m.
Caster Semenya finished 8th in the women’s 800m in 2:00.07. The Ethiopian, Fantu Magiso, won the race in 1:57.56. 2008 Olympic Champion, Pamela Jelimo, finished second, clocking 1:85.33 with Mariya Savinova third in 1:58.56.