Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
VILJOEN DELIGHTED WITH EARLY FORM
National javelin throw record holder Sunette Viljoen is looking forward to a successful season after getting her 2015 campaign off to a spectacular start.
The 31-year-old African champion launched an impressive 66.62m attempt in the second round on Saturday to win her specialist event at the opening leg of the World Challenge series in Melbourne.
“This was my first meeting of the year and it started just the why I planned,” Viljoen said on Monday.
She produced her best throw since the 2012 season, when she set the current SA record of 69.39m, after brushing off a strong challenge from Australian Kim Mickle, the Commonwealth Games champion.
Mickle, who settled for second place just five centimetres behind the South African, suffered first defeat on home soil in seven years.
Viljoen was not surprised, however, by her early season form, as the former World Championships bronze medallist started her build-up to the global showpiece in Beijing in August.
“I put in an immense amount of training before the 2015 season started,” she said.
“I’ve trained with more fire and passion than ever before.”
Viljoen confirmed she would compete at the Australian national championships in Brisbane this weekend, as she geared up to defend her title at the SA Championships in Stellenbosch next month.